Definitions

Asteroids Comets Meteorites

Asteroids

Asteroids are small rocky objects orbiting the sun. There are three main types, carbon, metal, and silicon.


Comets

Rocky objects orbiting the sun in highly eccentric, they consist of a nucleus, coma, and an ion tail. The tail always points away from the sun


Meteor

Bright trail caused by an asteroid burning up in Earth's atmosphere.


Meteoroid

Rocky body a little smaller than the size of an asteroid,


Meteorite

A meteor that has survived re-entry in Earth's atmosphere and impacts the surface