So, apparently today, there’s going to be an asteroid that comes really close to Earth later today. Unfortunately, it won’t be close enough to see with the naked eye, and if you just so happen to have a telescope set up in the right direction, all you’d see is a white streak across the sky.
However, over in Russia—completely unrelated—a meteorite just exploded in the sky! It was pretty amazing to watch, even in the poor quality of a video. Can you imagine driving through something like that?
Sadly, there were over five hundred people injured. Nobody was killed, but there sure was a lot of glass that broke, which is what has caused most of the injuries.
Knowing my mother, a homeschool lesson will probably follow this. Already, my mother asked what the difference between an asteroid, a meteor, and a meteorite was. And ’cause I’m feeling nice, I thought I’d share the definitions with you all.
An asteroid is a rock flying through space. My dictionary says: Any of numerous small celestial bodies compose of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.)
A meteor/meteoroid is an asteroid that hits our atmosphere. The dictionary says: 1. (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth’s atmosphere. 2. A steak of light in the night sky that results when an asteroid hits the Earth’s atmosphere and air friction causes the meteor to melt, vaporize, or explode
A meteorite is a meteor that hits the earth. The dictionary says: Stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that has reached the Earth’s surface.