• Question: is it possible for two shooting stars to hit into each other and if so what would happen?

    Asked by riley to Mark, Gavin, Karen, Michel, Roisin on 7 Nov 2016. This question was also asked by jade, ciano.
    • Photo: Karen

      Karen answered on 7 Nov 2016:

      Not my area of expertise Jade, sorry but I will be interested to see what Mark has to say 😉

    • Photo: Michel Destrade

      Michel Destrade answered on 7 Nov 2016:

      Same as Karen, haven’t studied that. I guess it would look great in the sky!

    • Photo: Mark Kennedy

      Mark Kennedy answered on 8 Nov 2016:

      Absolutely possible! Shooting stars are simply small bits of space debris (rocks, old satellites, waste from the International Space Station) that heat up when they hit the top of the Earths atmosphere. As they heat up, they leave a streak of light across the sky, since they’re moving so fast.

      If 2 collided, there would be a tiny little explosion (nothing strong enough to do any damage to us) but it would be quite bright! So keep your eyes to the skies on dark nights, you’d never know if you’ll see a collision 🙂

    • Photo: Gavin Coleman

      Gavin Coleman answered on 10 Nov 2016:

      I’m afraid this isn’t my area of expertise! It would definitely be possible, if unlikely!

    • Photo: Roisin Jones

      Roisin Jones answered on 13 Nov 2016:

      Great answer Mark! I’ll definitely be looking up anyway, I imagine that would look fabulous!