meteor vs meteorite vs meteoroid : Common Errors in English

About meteor vs meteorite vs meteoroid

A chunk of rock out in space is a “meteoroid.” If it plummets down through the earth’s atmosphere, the resulting streak of light is called a “meteor.” And if it lands on the ground, the chunk of stone is called a “meteorite.”Don’t confuse meteors with comets, which are masses of ice and dust whose tails are produced not inside our atmosphere, but out in space. When a comet gets too close to the Sun its warmth and the pressure of the solar wind cause some of the comet to evaporate and stream out to form a tail.

meteor Meaning(s)

  • (n) (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere
  • (n) a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode

meteorite Meaning(s)

  • (n) stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that has reached the earth's surface

meteoroid Meaning(s)

  • (n) (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere

meteor in News

  1. Mystery meteor shower disappoints skywatchers, but wait till next year

    Skywatchers were hoping for a fireworks show from the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower early Tuesday, but what they got were merely a few snaps, crackles and pops. That's not totally surprising, because some experts said in advance they weren't sure whether the meteor shower actually existed."I think it exists," Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office told NBC News, "but there was ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

  2. Gamma Delphinids meteor shower: Back tonight, after 83 years? (+video)

    Gamma Delphinids: A rare meteor shower not seen since 1930 is expected to burst onto our skies late Tuesday night. When and where to watch the gamma Delphinds
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  3. Meteor shower may be visible early Tuesday

    A repeat of a flurry of meteor activity in 1930 may occur Tuesday morning, according to The American Meteor Society. “On the evening of June 11, 1930, three members of the AMS reported that they observed a flurry of meteor activity” in Maryland, states a release from the AMS. “Peter Jenniskens, in his study of outbursts from long-period comets, has proposed that the 1930 event was real and may ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: WHIO-TV 7 Dayton

meteorite in News

  1. Following Successful Spacefest, Geoff Notkin Heads to Challenger Space Center, Lowell Observatory

    Geoff Notkin, star of TV’s Meteorite Men, is following up a stellar appearance at Spacefest V over Memorial Day weekend with two special events in Arizona during the month of June. Notkin was one of the most in-demand celebrities at Spacefest V, an annual gathering of renowned astronauts, scientists and space artists held in Tucson, Arizona. During the event, he joined a panel discussion on the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR.com

  2. Ancient Mars had component key to life, meteorite reveals

    By Megan GannonSpace.comAt a time when life as we know it was just getting its start on Earth, Martian clay may have harbored a key component for one of life's molecular building blocks, researchers say.Boron found in a Martian meteorite suggests the Red Planet may once have had the right chemistry to give rise to RNA, according to a new study."In early life RNA is thought to have been the ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Martian Meteorite Contains Key Building Block Of Early Life

    Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Martian meteorite discovered in Antarctica was found to contain some of the early building blocks of life. The Antarctic Search for Meteorites ( ANSMET ) team discovered that this meteorite was clearly of Martian origin during its 2009-2010 field season. Contamination from the earth was ruled out and the meteorite was sent to the ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: redOrbit

meteoroid in News

  • Mystery meteor shower disappoints skywatchers, but wait till next year

    Skywatchers were hoping for a fireworks show from the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower early Tuesday, but what they got were merely a few snaps, crackles and pops. That's not totally surprising, because some experts said in advance they weren't sure whether the meteor shower actually existed."I think it exists," Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office told NBC News, "but there was ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

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