meteoroid meteoroid

Definition(s):

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

Usage(s):

  1. To space-conscious laymen, the very word meteoroid is heavy with menace.
  2. Telemetered signals indicated that the meteoroid-and-heat-shield protecting the workshop and living quarters of the craft had been ripped away.
  3. The rapid decompression that would occur if a craft were penetrated by a large meteoroid might kill its passengers before they could don their spacesuits.

News

  1. Perseids meteor shower to grace the sky this weekend

    When John Denver sang about seeing it rain fire in the sky in the Rocky Mountains, he was referencing the Perseid meteor shower, which will grace the skies through the weekend, peaking on the night of Aug. 12. The Perseids, the meteoroids of which come from a trail left by the Swift-Tuttle comet, generally produce one of the best meteor showers of the year, and often produce the most fireballs ...
    on August 11, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. Meteor shower to grace the sky this weekend

    When John Denver sang about seeing it rain fire in the sky in the Rocky Mountains, he was referencing the Perseid meteor shower, which will grace the skies through the weekend, peaking on the night of Aug. 12. The Perseids, the meteoroids of which come from a trail left by the Swift-Tuttle comet, generally produce one of the best meteor showers of the year, and often produce the most fireballs ...
    on August 10, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  3. NASA says to get ready for Perseid Fireballs

    New research from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office identifies the Perseids as the "fireball champion" of annual meteor showers. This year's Perseid display peaks on August 12th and 13th.
    on August 5, 2013     Source: CBS 6 Richmond

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Quotes

  • "The pressures required to make the textures that we're going to look at can only be made by impact of something like a meteoroid or an asteroid or a comet," said Dr Adrian Jones, of University College London.
    on Nov 25, 2003 By: Adrian Jones Source: BBC News

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