Rocks in space are just…rocks in space, right? Wrong. Check out these cool facts!

 

Comet: a small body orbiting the sun; as it picks up solar radiation, it glows or shows off a tail.

 

 

 

 

 

Asteroid: mid-size to larger sun-orbiting rocks, but not hopped up on the sun’s crack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meteoroid: small debris in our system, as small as dust particles up to 10 meters across – any bigger and they’re usually called asteroids

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meteor: ever seen a shooting star? That’s debris sucked in by our gravity, aka a meteoroid burning up in our atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meteorite: the only ones we find on earth, so call the tabloids & make a buck—it’s a shooting star that has material left when it lands here.

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