‘Sometimes when you are standing outside on a dark night, you may see a “shooting star.” But, is it really a star? NO! It is a random space rock speeding through our atmosphere, burning up with tremendous frictional heat, causing light to streak across the sky. If it is a large enough chunk of rock, it will not entirely burn up, but hit the earth and make an impact crater. How many impact craters are here on Earth? It is estimated that there are about 100. How many impact craters are on the moon? There are 5,185 moon craters that are more than 12 miles across, but if you count the craters less than one-half mile in diameter, it brings the total to about one million! Why are there more craters on the moon than on Earth?
Earth has an atmosphere that burns up space rocks; the moon does not. Without our atmosphere, rocks could be routinely plummeting through our homes at night. Fortunately, our atmosphere is almost 50 miles thick, and as space rocks encounter it, friction is produced, and rocks are disintegrated. Did our atmosphere develop by chance over millions of years? If so, we should find billions of meteorites buried within the rock layers of the earth. We do not. Our atmosphere was set up from the beginning to protect life on Earth. It did not happen by accident and chance; our atmosphere was created by God to protect us! So as you “wish upon a falling star,” thank the One who made it all possible.’ From an email sent by http://www.searchforthetruth.net/