Don't confuse 'Asteroid' with 'Meteorite'...it's not the same!

  • The difference is that Meteorite is an Asteroid that disintegrates in the Earth's atmosphere and reaches the Earth's surface.
 The impact of an asteroid such as the 2012 DA14 on an island like the Canary Islands would be similar to a small Atomic Bomb.
The impact of an asteroid such as the 2012 DA14 on an island like the Canary Islands would be similar to a small Atomic Bomb.

Surely many are those who now begin to call the Asteroid that has passed over the Earth a Meteorite, but they would be wrong, since they are not the same thing. 

What is the difference

Well, actually the difference is that the Meteorite is an Asteroid that disintegrates in the Earth's atmosphere and reaches the Earth's surface.

The Asteroid is the most important celestial body. It is a more or less small, inactive and rocky body that orbits the sun.

From its composition comes what we know as Meteoroid, Meteor and Meteorite. What is the difference between each of them? Well, the following.

The Meteoroid is a small particle of an asteroid that goes from 100 micrometers to 50 meters that also orbits around the Sun.

From the Meteoroid comes the so-called Meteoroid. A meteor is a phenomenon of light that occurs when a meteor crosses the atmosphere and evaporates. But this way, many will not know it, but if we say 'Shooting Star' everyone will know it.

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