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Synonyms for meteoroid

(astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere

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This process, called impact vaporization, continually renews the gases in Mercury's exosphere as interplanetary dust and meteoroids rain down on the planet.
A meteor shower occurs when the Earth intersects a stream of meteoroids that has formed as a result of the disintegration of a larger body (usually a comet but occasionally an asteroid).
Bill Cooke, NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Meteoroid Environment Office head, also assures that observing conditions will be ideal during the Orionids meteor shower peak because there is no moon to ruin the sky display.
The lines in the 'upper' and 'lower' components have significant differences, possibly indicating fragmentation or some variation in the meteoroid characteristics (Figure 4).
The short-lived trail of light the burning meteoroid produces is called a meteor.
Comets, Asteroids and Meteoroids ISBN 9781420282450 SCIS 1508593; Earth's Atmosphere ISBN 9781420282405 SCIS 1508580; The Planets ISBN 9781420282443 SCIS 1508590 Macmillan Library (Sky Watching), 2011 32pp $ 31.
According to him, many of the volatiles originated with the fusillade of comets, asteroids and meteoroids that have impacted the lunar surface over billions of years.
Among specific topics are primordial massive supernovae as molecular factories at high redshifts, observational evidence for dust growth in proto-planetary discs, hydrous-carbonaceous meteoroids in the Hadean Aeon, dust in clusters of galaxies, probing dust with gamma-ray bursts, analogs of cosmic dust, intersteller ices, and interstellar dust models and evolutionary implications.
He said that meteoroids are pieces of asteroids and comets, so the answer begins with them.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration estimates there are about 20,000 asteroids, meteoroids and comets that would fit Congress' criteria.
Most meteoroids disintegrate before reaching the Earth.
For instance, if the abundances reflect an average lunar composition, then the total mass of water originally contained by the moon would be larger than could have been delivered by water-rich meteoroids that pelted the lunar surface during the era known as the late heavy bombardment some 3.
These amazing streaks of light you can sometimes see in the night sky are caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids falling into the Ear th's atmosphere and burning up.
They also had to test meteoroids, help us survive, and communicate to the Mission Control.
Depending on where you are and when you look, you could see as few as 20 or as many as 100 meteoroids per hour flash across the sky early Friday and into the weekend.
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