Q. 314.3( 3 Votes )

What is the difference between a meteor and a meteorite?

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Meteors: Meteors are stony or metallic bodies of very small size, traveling in interplanetary space and become visible when they travel through the earth’s surface. The meteors are also called shooting stars. Some meteors are the dust particles left behind by comets and others are pieces of asteroids which have collided. These are quite small, some may be as small as grain of sand.Meteorite: While traveling through the earth's atmosphere, these fast moving bodies (meteors) get heated up to a very high temperature by air friction. The heat produced is so high that the meteor starts glowing and then burnt and lost. The path of the meteor appears as a streak of light in the night sky. Very large meteors are able to survive from such heat destruction and actually reach the earth's surface. These meteors are called meteorites.

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