5 Things you didn’t know about meteorites

Published on November 29th, 2011
5 Things you didn't know about meteorites

A meteor is just the streak of light we see behind an incoming meteoroid, and not the object itself.

After it hits the Earth, a meteoroid becomes a meteorite.

Meteoroids can hit the atmosphere going faster than 270 000 kilometres per hour.

Up to 4,000,000,000 meteoroids fall to Earth every single day. Luckily, most are virtually invisible. Phew!

The odds of a meteorite actually smashing into you and causing bodily damage are really, really low. This means it only happens about once every 180 years.

Now that you know more about meteorites, you’d be interested to know that a massive asteroid came really close to earth not too long ago. An asteroid about the size of an aircraft carrier passed by Earth within the moon’s orbit.

For more about that, check this out.