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Ever since I was little, I was told that when you see a shooting
star, you must make a wish. I, in time, believed that all the
wishes made upon that falling star are granted. Coming to facts, a
Ever since I was little, I was told that when you see a shooting star, you must make a wish. I, in time, believed that all the wishes made upon that falling star are granted. Coming to facts, a "falling star" or a "shooting star" is not an actual star! The meteoroids which are nothing but tiny bits of dust and rock causes these amazing streaks of light that you can sometimes see in the night sky. When they fall into the Earth's atmosphere they burn up and we morons had assumed it to be a real star!
A real shooting star, Mira (MY-rah) named after the Latin word for "wonderful," has a long tail of dust and gas which is 13 light-years long! This is almost 20,000 times the average distance from the sun to the Pluto. In ultraviolet light, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer by NASA discovered the long trail of material behind Mira. The light our eyes can see is of course only a tiny part of all the light that exists.
We all know that a star's life has a beginning, middle, and end. Mira is a red giant star which is at the end of its lifespan. It has already given out enough material to construct at least 3,000 Earth-sized planets. The star is moving at 2,91,000 miles per hour which is much faster than the other stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
Mira is located 350 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cetus otherwise known as the whale. Unexpectedly, Mira and its "whale of a tail" can be found in the tail of the whale constellation.
The speed at which Mira is traveling and the huge amount of material coming off it created its contrail-like tail. This star sheds material that will be recycled into new planets, stars, and probably even life!