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.