As comets get close to the Sun, they heat up and pieces break off. If the debris ends up in the Earth’s path around the Sun, it can slam into our atmosphere at speeds of between 7 – 45 miles per second. (This is my partners normal driving speed!!) The actual speed at which a meteor enters our atmosphere depends on the combined speed of the Earth and the debris itself.
Lie back and float in the water and watch in amazement as these high velocity comet pieces track across the sky and consider how many miles they are from earth and yet we can still see them. It makes me feel kinda small!