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Have asteroids hit the earth?

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2012-01-09 14:36:29
2012-01-09 14:36:29

Yes they have. There is evidence that they have. However, one should not confuse the fact that "asteroid" is not the correct term to define the object colliding with the earth. An asteroid is the object when in space. However, when it reaches and goes through the Earth's atmosphere, it becomes known as a "Meteorite".

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