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Asteroid, Meteor, Meteorite and Comet: What’s the Difference?

  Comet: A body of ice, rock and dust that can be several miles in diameter and orbits the sun. Debris from comets is the source of many meteoroids. Meteoroid: A small rocky or metal object, usually between the size of a grain of sand or a boulder, that orbits the sun. It originates from [...]

By |2018-10-16T12:34:06+00:00October 16th, 2018|Latest Post|0 Comments

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017

What are meteors and meteoroids? Rocks and dust particles from space that are about to collide with Earth's atmosphere are called meteoroids. Those that enter and streak through the atmosphere are called meteors.   What causes a meteor shower? Usually when comets, which are chunks of ice with lot of dust, come close to the [...]

By |2017-12-12T11:17:44+00:00December 13th, 2017|Latest Post|0 Comments

Large Asteroid Safely Passed Earth

Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, passed safely from Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, (7.0 million kilometers, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances). Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size; measurements from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NEOWISE mission indicate it’s about [...]

By |2017-09-03T14:28:11+00:00September 3rd, 2017|Latest Post|0 Comments