What exactly is a meteorite?
Gas, dust, and other pieces of substance float aimlessly around the galaxy in space, which is a vacuum.
Aside from planets, stars, and galaxies, space is also home to meteorites, which occasionally fall to Earth.
Meteorites are solid particles of debris that typically come from the asteroid belt that orbits between Mars and Jupiter, and are not to be mistaken with meteors.
A comet, asteroid, or meteoroid is the most common source of meteorite debris.
Meteorites differ from meteors in that meteors burn up before reaching the earth, whereas meteorites can hit the Earth.
Meteorites usually come to Earth as fragments of asteroids collide in the asteroid belt and fly towards us.
Larger ones that collide with the moon or Mars have been known to throw smaller fragments our way as well.
While many people believe meteorites played a role in the demise of dinosaurs, research has proved that asteroids were the cause of the extinction.
There have been no instances of anyone being killed by space pebbles so far, although there have been a few near calls throughout the years.
According to New Scientist, a 40-kilogram boulder from Mars killed a dog in Egypt in 1911, and a minor meteorite hit but did not seriously damage a youngster in 1992.
In the year 2021, a meteorite burst through her ceiling and fell on her pillow, nearly hitting her in the head.
While a meteorite may appear to be simple, according to the Natural History Museum, there are several types.
There are three primary types of meteorites:
Pallasites, Mesosiderites, Chondrites, and Achondrites are some of the less frequent kinds.
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