Comets & Meteors

In this section you will learn about comets, meteor types and the dangers of an impact with Earth.

Here is a brief and simplistic definition table of some of the terms you will learn about:

 

Object

Where they are

Comments

Comet

From Outer Solar System to Sun

Ice-rock, Long tail

Asteroid

Mostly Between Mars & Jupiter

Rock

Centaur

Mostly Between Jupiter & Neptune

Rock/Ice

Meteoroid

Follow path of comet or asteroid

Smaller Rock

Meteor

Entering Earth’s atmosphere

‘Shooting Star’

Meteorite

Landed on Earth from Space

Rock / Iron

Micrometeorite

Same but smaller

Rock / Iron


When you have finished in this section, take the quiz to test your knowledge.

 

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Comet Hale Bopp