Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meteorite Introduction

A meteorite is a natural object originating from outer space that survives an impact with the Earth's surface.

While in space it is called a meteoroid. When it enters the atmosphere, air resistance causes the body to heat up and emit light, thus forming a reball, also known as a meteor or shooting star. The term bolide refers to either an extraterrestrial body that collides with the Earth, or to an exceptionally bright, reball-like meteor regardless of whether it ultimately impacts the surface.

Generally, a meteorite on the surface of any celestial body is a natural object that has come from elsewhere in space. Meteorites have been found on the Moon and Mars.

Meteorites have traditionally been divided into 3 broad categories: stony meteorites are rocks, mainly composed of silicate minerals; iron meteorites are largely composed of metallic iron-nickel; and, stony-iron meteorites contain large amounts of both metallic and rocky material.

There are 3 broad categories of meteorites:
               stony meteorites

                 iron meteorites

          stony-iron meteorites

1 comment:

  1. I have a pendant with a meteor from Czech Republic which is in green colour. It's very nice look. I love it very much!