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Tue, June 02

Unidentified boom heard again in Yavapai County

What’s the difference between a meteor, meteoroid and meteorite? They’re all related to the flashes of light sometimes seen streaking across the sky. But we call the same object by different names, depending on where it is. Meteoroids are objects in space that range in size from dust grains to small asteroids. When meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and burn up, the fireballs or “shooting stars” are called meteors. When a meteoroid survives a trip through the atmosphere and hits the ground, it’s called a meteorite. Learn more at: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/. (PNN Illustration)

What’s the difference between a meteor, meteoroid and meteorite? They’re all related to the flashes of light sometimes seen streaking across the sky. But we call the same object by different names, depending on where it is. Meteoroids are objects in space that range in size from dust grains to small asteroids. When meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and burn up, the fireballs or “shooting stars” are called meteors. When a meteoroid survives a trip through the atmosphere and hits the ground, it’s called a meteorite. Learn more at: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/. (PNN Illustration)

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