10 Interesting Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites

Have you ever heard about Meteoroids, Meteors, and Meteorites? Can you differentiate them? Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites will inform you about space objects. A meteoroid is a small piece of rock which travels in outer space. When a meteoroid enters the atmosphere of Earth’s and burns up, it becomes a meteor which is also called as ‘Shooting Stars’. Whereas meteor that travels and survives on Earth is called meteoroid. There are many still information about meteoroid, meteor, and meteorite that will be explained below.

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 1: The word meteor

‘Meteor’ means suspended in the air which comes from a Greek word.

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 2: Meteor shower

Meteor shower occurs when a large number of meteors appear in a close time frame in a particular part of sky. It happens due to comet leaves debris when orbiting the solar system.

Meteor shower

Meteor shower

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 3: Two big meteor shower

Actually, there are 20 main showers. However, Perseids and Geminids are two big meteor shower which occur each year on August for Preseids and December for Geminids.

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 4: Fireball

A fireball is a bright meteor which can be seen in the day time. That’s why it cannot be seen at night due to it occurs during daylight hours.

Fireball

Fireball

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 5: The sound of meteor

The sound of meteor is called as a sonic boom. The sound can be heard after the meteor is visible.

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 6: The size of meteors

The size of meteor is smaller than a baseball and same with pebble.

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 7: The fastest meteoroid

The speed of the fastest meteoroid is apperoximately 26mph or 42 kilometres per second.

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 8: The most famous meteorites

There are many famous meteorites which have fallen on the Earth’s surface. Here are some example of the most famous meteorites, including the Allende, the Willamette, the Hoba, and the Fukang Meteorite. On February 8, 1969 the Allende fell on Earth. Then, there were many scientists studied about this meteorite. They conclude that the Allende is made of various minerals, oxides, water, silicates, organic compounds, and sulfides. Whereas the Willamette is the largest meteorite which was found in the United States. The weighs is around 15.5 ton. Besides, the meteorite which was found in Namibia, Africa was the Hoba. It is around 60 tone rock and very large.

The Allende Meteorite

The Allende Meteorite

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 9: Types of mereorites

Stony, iron, and stony-iron are three different types of meteorites. A stony was closer to the surface of an asteroid. Whereas an iron and stony-iron was close to the core of it.

Facts about Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites 10: Craters

Craters are big holes in the Earth which are created by large meteorites. For example, meteor-crater in Arizona.

Meteor Crater in Arizona

Meteor Crater in Arizona

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