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Meteoroids, Meteors, and Meteorites Zoom Astronomy
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Meteoroids are small bodies that travel through space. Meteoroids are smaller than asteroids; most are smaller than the size of a pebble.

A meteor is a meteoroid that has entered the Earth's atmosphere, usually making a fiery trail as it falls. A meteor shower (pictured at the left) is a phenomenon in which many meteors fall through the atmosphere in a short time.

A meteorite is a meteor that has fallen to Earth. These objects have survived a fiery fall through the Earth's atmosphere and have lost a lot of mass during that process.

What is a meteorite?    Red button A small body traveling through space
   Red button A rock falling through the Earth's atmosphere
   Red button A rock that fell through the atmosphere and landed on Earth

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