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Astronomy - What is a meteorite?
Zielle S.
4/21/2015


(2 What is a meteor?
Most meteors are pieces of a comet falling from the sky. Sometimes a falling comet is called a ‘shooting star’, or a ‘falling star’. When a big amount of material from a comet falls into earth’s atmosphere at one time, we see many meteors shooting out from one spot in different directions. This is what we call a Meteor Shower. As a meteor falls through Earth’s atmosphere, it becomes extremely hot and glows.
Most meteors are very very small and usually burn up in the atmosphere. If a meteor does not burn up and hits the earth’s surface it is called a meteorite.
Meteorites are different from one another in size, shape, and material. Astronomers are scientists who study astronomy.
Astronomers group meteorites into three groups:

1)Iron meteorites
2)Stony meteorites
3)Iron and stone meteorites

I had to split this up because it was so long. :)
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