Meteor Terminology

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Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between a meteor and a meteorite or an asteroid, meteoroid or comet? Here are the answers to all your questions regarding Meteor Terminology.

Ams Meteor Terminology Meteor Terminology: Comet, Asteroid, Meteroid, Meteor, Meteorite, Fireball and Bolid


  • Robert J. Trembley 5 years ago

    Great graphic. Suggestion: Comet’s are not necessarily “small”; they are asteroid-sized bodies. When they exhaust their volatiles, they WILL be asteroids.

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  • Rhonda 5 years ago

    I just came from a home near locust grove Ohio in Adams county (southern Ohio) and a home was hit Friday night bu a meteor or fireball and the home caught fire. The elderly residents died from smoke inhalation. We met their daughter and son as we entered. Just seems like a freak accident

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