Meteors

They're big balls...from space.

Fun Fact.

  1. It's thought that this asteroid threw so much moisture and dust in to the atmosphere that it cut off sunlight, lowering temperatures worldwide and causing the extinction of the dinosaurs.
  2. Shooting stars are actually meteors or meteorites.
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Meteor falling to Earth!

A meteoroid is a chunk of space rock. If it burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere, it is a called a meteor. If a piece lands, it is a meteorite.
UFO METEOR CRASHES INTO FACTORY ---CAUGHT ON TAPE!!!!! INSANE!!!!
NASA WARNING: METEOR SHOWER 2014 "ASTEROID IMPACTS" in FEMA REGION THREE

What they're made of.

They're made of iron and stone. A meteor sometimes explodes above the surface, causing widespread damage from the blast and ensuing fire. This happened in 1908 over Siberia.



Iron meteorite

Stony meteorite

Earth's crust

Iron 91%
Nickel 8.5%
Cobalt 0.6%

Oxygen 36%
Iron 26%
Silicon 18%
Magnesium 14%
Aluminum 1.5%
Nickel 1.4%
Calcium 1.3%

Oxygen 49%
Silicon 26%
Aluminum 7.5%
Iron 4.7%
Calcium 3.4%
Sodium 2.6%
Potassium 2.4%
Magnesium 1.9%

AMAZING!!! Video Compilation of the METEORITE hitting Russia 02-15-2013
This was a meteor that hit Russia. Their were 1500 injured.

Meteor vs. Earth

Meteors can blast out craters 12 to 20 times their size.
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The Arizona crater from a meteor.

What would happen if a big enough meteor hit the Ocean?

The coastal lands would be devastated not by the actual impact, some 1,500 miles away, but by waves traveling at the speed of jet aircraft and towering much higher than the Empire State Building.
Any asteroid over 600 feet in diameter, we have a real problem
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Meteor hitting the ocean.

How do meteor showers occur?

Meteor showers occur when a comet comes close to the sun and produces debris (meteoroids) that spread around the comet’s orbit. Anytime this happens the Earth experiences a meteor shower.
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Meteor showers arn't fun

Looks like a comet came too close to the sun.