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  Space: Difference between meteoroid, meteor and meteorite
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15th Feb 2013, 5:32 AM
Considering the event that took place in central Russia today, there were few terms mentioned in media that sound pretty much the same but don't necessarily mean the same thing. I'm talking about meteor, meteoroid and meteorite, let's see what they actually stand for.

Meteoroid is a small rock or particle of debris in our solar system. They range in size from dust to around 10 metres in diameter (larger objects are usually referred to as asteroids).

Meteor is a meteoroid that burns up as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere is known as a meteor. If you’ve ever looked up at the sky at night and seen a streak of light or ‘shooting star’ what you are actually seeing is a meteor.

Meteorite is a meteoroid that survives falling through the Earth’s atmosphere and colliding with the Earth’s surface is known as a meteorite.

And another two terms that might confuse some, comet and asteroid:

Comet is a relatively small solar system body that orbits the Sun. When close enough to the Sun they display a visible coma (a fuzzy outline or atmosphere due to solar radiation) and sometimes a tail.

Asteroids are small solar system bodies that orbit the Sun. Made of rock and metal, they can also contain organic compounds. Asteroids are similar to comets but do not have a visible coma (fuzzy outline and tail) like comets do.

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changed: Spaceman (15th Feb 2013, 1:45 PM)
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18th Feb 2013, 1:09 PM
THANK YOU for finally someone explaining me the difference!!!
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