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Stargazing UK A to Z. M is for...

Meteoroid, Meteor and Meteorite (yes we went all out and got three M's for this blog!)

Many people ask us what the difference is between these three items - so here is a very quick guide as to what a meteoroid, meteor and meteorite are.

Meteoroid - This is a small particle from a comet or asteroid that is in orbit around the Sun.

Meteor - Basically a "shooting star". The light phenomena which results when a meteoroid enters the Earth's atmosphere and vaporises.

Meteorite - A meteoroid that survives its passage through the Earth's atmosphere and lands upon the Earth's surface

There are various meteor showers throughout the year that can provide meteors at a rate of 15 per hour or 100 and more. Keep an eye on our blog to find out when the next meteor shower is.


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