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Little chunks of rock and debris in space are called meteoroids. They become meteors -- or shooting stars -- when they fall through a planet's atmosphere; leaving a bright trail as they are heated to incandescence by the friction of the atmosphere. Pieces that survive the journey and hit the ground are called meteorites.

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facula

A circular to subcircular region which is brighter than the surrounding area.

filament

A strand of cool gas suspended over the photosphere by magnetic fields, which appears dark as seen against the disk of the Sun; a filament on the limb of the Sun seen in emission against the dark sky is called a prominence.

Filament on the fiery surface of the sun.
fireball

A bright meteor.

fissure

a narrow opening or crack of considerable length and depth.

fluctus

Flow terrain.

fossa

A long, narrow, shallow depression.

fracture

A break or crack.

friction

The rubbing of one surface or thing again another.

 
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facula

A circular to subcircular region which is brighter than the surrounding area.

filament

A strand of cool gas suspended over the photosphere by magnetic fields, which appears dark as seen against the disk of the Sun; a filament on the limb of the Sun seen in emission against the dark sky is called a prominence.

Filament on the fiery surface of the sun.
fireball

A bright meteor.

fissure

a narrow opening or crack of considerable length and depth.

fluctus

Flow terrain.

fossa

A long, narrow, shallow depression.

fracture

A break or crack.

friction

The rubbing of one surface or thing again another.