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Does a meteor or a meteorite hit earth?


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Answered 2013-09-03 01:44:59

A meteor is the glowing streak of light caused when a space rock passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is heated to incandescence by compressive heating and friction. Usually, this either vaporizes the rock or causes it to explode. If any fragments survive the fall and strike the Earth, they are called meteorites.


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