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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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Since the whole incident - from the first appearance of the meteor to the meteoroid exploding in a fireball - lasted barely a few seconds, almost all the videos and photographs of it that were shared online by people were taken by security cameras.
Schiaparelli was travelling much slower than a meteoroid would, having used a heat shield and parachute to slow down after entering the atmosphere of Mars, and should have been descending almost vertically.
Perseid meteoroids enter the Earth's atmosphere (and are then called meteors) at roughly 60km/sec relative to the planet.
If we find traces of organic material in a meteoroid, then we can understand a bit better how life came on Earth," says Koschny.
The origin of sporadic meteoroids is still uncertain.
RESCUE MODE tells of the first human mission to Mars which ends with a meteoroid strike on the ship when it's too far from home to return.
The meteoroid was about 15 inches in diameter and weighed close to 100 lbs.
The lines in the 'upper' and 'lower' components have significant differences, possibly indicating fragmentation or some variation in the meteoroid characteristics (Figure 4).
Cloudless skies permitting, the best viewing time will be the hours just before dawn on Monday and Tuesday, the head of US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration's meteoroid office, Bill Cooke, told Agence France-Presse.
Maybe they got out of jail, which explains how they went to my house and stole my meteoroid.
But not as close as the tiny meteoroid 2004 FU162, which came within 4,000 miles in 2004.
The short-lived trail of light the burning meteoroid produces is called a meteor.
A meteoroid is a space rock in space or in the upper atmosphere of our planet.
As the meteoroid melts away, it glows in the sky and is identified as a meteor.
Officials are investigating whether at some point during Columbia's voyage space debris or a meteoroid may have struck the shuttle, causing fatal damage.