Small Elements of the Solar System By: Maryellen, Kalyn, Amani, caroline

comets

  • made of grains of matter and frozen gases
  • has an elliptical orbit
  • called a "dirty snowball"
  • major parts of comets are the coma, nucleus, and tail

asteroids

  • rocky and metallic objects
  • orbit the sun
  • too small to be planets
  • bigger than meteoroids
  • most asteroids in the "asteroid belt" which is between Mars and Jupiter

meteoroids

  • a piece of stony or metallic material floating through space
  • smaller than asteroids
  • also, orbit the sun

meteors

  • streak of light in the sky from meteoroids burning up
  • this is caused by friction with gases in the atmosphere
  • burns up as it goes through the atmosphere
  • called "shooting" or "falling" stars
  • about 6,612 lbs fall to earth in the form of dust each day

meteorites

  • meteor that has met the ground without completely burning up
  • 3 types include, stony, stony iron, and iron
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Created with images by NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary" • WikiImages - "comet tail lovejoy" • DasWortgewand - "asteroid meteorite impact" • NASA Hubble - "Decades of Discovery: NASA’s Exploration of Jupiter" • NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "Hubble Witnesses an Asteroid Mysteriously Disintegrating" • Unsplash - "stars nightsky milky way" • NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "Hubble Witnesses an Asteroid Mysteriously Disintegrating" • NASA Hubble - "Decades of Discovery: NASA’s Exploration of Jupiter" • channone - "Startrails - Perseid meteor shower 2013" • JessicaFender - "crater meteor astronomy"

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