what is the difference between meteorite and shooting sstar?
- nineteenthlyLv 76 months ago
A meteorite has landed. A shooting star hasn't and may never do so.
- CliveLv 76 months ago
A shooting star is a meteor flying through the atmosphere, and you see it like it is because it burns up from getting hot from flying through the air so fast. Mostly they're quite small so they just burn up and turn to dust. So you just see a streak of light.
A meteorite is one that is big enough to not all burn up and actually crash-land on Earth. It starts as a big meteor, and what lands is a meteorite.
Though a meteorite could be a shooting star before it lands. Consider the Chelyabinsk meteorite in 2013. That was seen as a big shooting star as it came down, and landed in bits outside the town. Fortunately it didn't land ON it, but the shock wave as it landed broke a lot of windows and caused a lot of injuries from flying glass.
- 6 months ago
A meteorite is a piece of space debris found on Earth's surface... a shooting star is the spectacle we see in the sky above us.
- Bill-MLv 76 months ago
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- Tom SLv 76 months ago
A meteorite has a piece which survives atmospheric entry to hit the ground, a meteor and "shooting star" are different terms for the same thing.
- RaymondLv 76 months ago
A "shooting star" is a meteor = a streak of light high in the atmosphere.
A meteorite is the mineral left on the ground after the meteoroid (responsible for the meteor while moving through the atmosphere) has finally fallen to the ground.
It literally means "mineral from a meteor"
The meteoroid is the "thing" that flies through space (in orbit around the Sun) until it hits the atmosphere. The meteor is the light caused by the shock wave - in the air - as the air molecules cannot move out of the way fast enough. The meteor is not the object itself, but the light it causes.
- CarolOklaNolaLv 76 months ago
A meteorite is a meteor that impacts the ground. A shooting star is a meteoroid that is burning up in Earth's atmosphere that may not last long enough to reach the ground. That's the difference. The dust may take years to reach the ground. A meteor is a rock in space, or it can be a piece of man made equipment, space debris.
- RetiefLv 76 months ago
A meteorite is the term for the rock that survives its passage through our atmosphere and lands on the ground.
A shooting star is the nonscientific term people use for the streak of light that a meteor makes in the sky.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 76 months ago
A shooting star is a meteor, a little chunk of rock floating through space that's gotten caught in the earth's gravity. As it falls through the atmosphere it burns up, and you see a streak of light.
Some meteors are big enough that they're not totally burned up in the atmosphere. A meteorite is a meteor that's landed on earth. You see them in museums.