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Meteorites of interestEdit

  • achondrite a rare stony meteorite that consists mainly of silicate minerals and has the texture of igneous rock but contains no chondrules.[1]
  • aerolite a stony meteorite consisting of silicate minerals.[1]

A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of a planet or moon.

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When the object enters the atmosphere, various factors like friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate that energy. It then becomes a meteor and forms a fireball, also known as a shooting star or falling star; astronomers call the brightest examples "bolides." Meteorites vary greatly in size. For geologists, a bolide is a meteorite large enough to create a crater.

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