What's the difference between meteor, meteorite and meteoroid?
Meteors :- It is a bright light in the sky produced by meteoroid when it enters into the Earth's atmosphere. In dark sky, you cam probably see it.
Meteorites :- Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere, but if they survive the frictional heating and strike the surface of the Earth, they are known as meteorites.
A meteoroid is matter revolving around the sun or any object in interplanetary space that is too small to be called an asteroid or a comet. Even smaller particles are called micrometeoroids or cosmic dust grains, which includes any interstellar material that should happen to enter our solar system
Are small fragments of matter moving in space that vaporize upon entering Earth 's atmosphere
Meteoroids are pieces of rocks moving through space.
Meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids are all pretty much the same thing- debris/chunks of rock and dust from space. The only difference is their locations:
A meteoroid is found in the outer space
A meteor is the same thing except it is in Earth's atmosphere
A meteorite is also the same thing except it has fallen on Earth
So, a large chunk of debris can be called all three names at one point or another. It can start out far away from earth (where it would be called a meteoroid), gradually get closer and enter Earth's atmosphere (it would then be called a meteor), and finally, if it makes it all the way through the atmosphere without burning up, it lands on Earth as a meteorite.
Meteor is any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere.
Meteorite is any stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that has reached the earth's surface.
Meteoroid is a small body moving in the solar system that would become a meteor if it entered the earth's atmosphere.