Video answers the question: What is a Meteor? A meteorite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives an impact with the Earth's surface. While in space it is called a meteoroid. When it enters the atmosphere, impact pressure causes the body to heat up and emit light, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting star. Very bright meteorites are called fireballs. On very rare occasions meteorites hit the surface of the Earth. They have been found all over the surface of the Earth. A very large impact crater can be seen in Arizona. A meteor shower happens when there are concentrated patches of debris from a left over trail from a comet that crossed Earth’s path. Video is good for elementary level students.