What determines how long you see a shooting star for?



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    A shooting star is a meteorite that enters the atmosphere and becomes a meteor.  This occurs in the mesosphere, above the troposphere which is the lowest level of our atmosphere.  The light that we see is from the moment the meteorite enters the visible atmosphere, usually between 40 and 75 miles, and the light disappears when the meteor disintegrates, which usually happens between 30 and 60 miles above ground.

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