asteroid vs meteor

asteroid meteor


  • 1) astronomy A naturally occurring solid object, which is smaller than a planet and is not a comet, that orbits a star
  • 2) astronomy In the Solar system, such a body that orbits within the orbit of Jupiter
  • 3) zoology Any member of the taxonomic class Asteroidea; a starfish
  • 4) Astronomy Any of numerous small solar system bodies that revolve around the sun, with orbits lying chiefly between Mars and Jupiter and characteristic diameters roughly between one and several hundred kilometers.
  • 5) A starlike body; esp. one of the numerous small planets whose orbits lie between those of Mars and Jupiter; -- called also planetoids and minor planets.
  • 6) any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)
  • 7) One of the Asteroidea; a starfish, in a wide sense.
  • 8) One of the small planets, 280 or more in number, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter: more accurately called planetoids. See planetoid.
  • 9) Star-shaped.
  • 10) shaped like a star
  • 11) Having a flower like that of an aster.
  • 12) Star-like.


  • 1) martial arts A striking weapon resembling a track and field hammer consisting of a weight swung at the end of a cable or chain.
  • 2) juggling A prop similar to poi balls, in that it is twirled at the end of a cord or cable.
  • 3) A fast-moving streak of light in the night sky caused by the entry of extraterrestrial matter into the earth's atmosphere: A shooting star or falling star.
  • 4) A bright streak of light that appears in the sky when a meteoroid is heated to incandescence by friction with the earth's atmosphere.
  • 5) A meteoroid or meteorite.
  • 6) Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.
  • 7) A mass of stone or other substance which sometimes falls to the earth from space beyond the moon, burning up from atomospheric friction and creating a brilliant but usually very brief trail of light in the atmosphere; also called a shooting star.
  • 8) Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.
  • 9) Any atmospheric phenomenon.
  • 10) A small body moving in space, and of the same nature as those which become visible by encountering our atmosphere.
  • 11) Specifically A transient fiery or luminous body seen in or through the atmosphere, usually in its more elevated region: a shooting-star. If it reaches the surface of the earth, it is called a meteorite, formerly aërolite, and also (very rarely) uranolite.
  • 12) An abbreviation of meteorology, meteorological.


  • 1) Now it may get one of Earth's biggest asteroid impacts named after it.
  • 2) We are something with more impact than a giant asteroid strike.
  • 3) Strike an asteroid with a spacecraft to push it aside.
  • 4) We know asteroids have hit earth before.
  • 5) The planet must have been hit by an asteroid or a comet.
  • 6) Why is the asteroid belt split into a layer of rock and ice asteroids?
  • 7) It took a giant asteroid from outer space to wipe them out.
  • 8) All that was missing was an asteroid strike.
  • 9) Until recently we simply did not know enough about asteroids to worry.
  • 10) All the Pythons have asteroids named after them.
  • 11) To pose a threat to life, an asteroid must be large.
  • 12) The collection also includes images of asteroids, comets and moons.
  • 13) It shows they did not spread after an asteroid strike killed off dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
  • 14) This sounds like science fiction, but the evidence of large asteroid impacts in our history is well established.
  • 15) One day, we will have to move a comet or asteroid out of harm's way.
  • 16) About 16 per cent of asteroids are known to be so-called binary or triple systems.
  • 17) One of the bestknown incidents was in 1908 when a small asteroid exploded above Siberia with the force of a nuclear bomb.
  • 18) The remains of the largest asteroid known to have hit Earth have been discovered deep beneath the desert in the Australian outback.
  • 19) To top it all off, last week I was told another asteroid may be named after me.
  • 20) Second, that the film-makers saw fit to jazz up the original story with the search for a giant radioactive asteroid guarded by monkey warriors.
  • 21) This makes it larger than the asteroid that collided with the Earth 66 million years ago and is widely blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs.
  • 22) * And the only thing that can stop this asteroid is your liberal arts degree.
  • 23) The explanation for the 'asteroid' is a rather interesting SF-nal idea, but Roberts doesn't really go anywhere with it, he leaves it hanging.
  • 24) An asteroid is going to come whizzing by, as the Bad Astronomer points out.
  • 25) What if we go back to the GOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDD standard, but the asteroid is made of GOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLD?
  • 26) Real Science: New radar observations have revealed that a near-Earth asteroid is actually three rocks.
  • 27) What†™ s the trajectory of the asteroid? ” “Tracking stations report that the asteroid is heading out of the ecliptic.
  • 28) That means no posting here for a day or two (unless something important happens like NASA announces an asteroid is heading toward earth).
  • 29) A large asteroid is on a collision course with Earth.
  • 30) Do we know when the next asteroid is going to hit?
  • 31) ‘Ceres was initially considered to be a planet until other asteroids with similar orbits were found.’
  • 32) ‘Most of the known asteroids orbit the sun in a belt between Mars and Jupiter.’
  • 33) ‘These scientists also study the natural satellites of other planets as well as asteroids and comets.’
  • 34) ‘Fragments of asteroids and comets pervade interplanetary space.’
  • 35) ‘We know very little about these families of asteroids following the same orbit.’
  • 36) ‘Amateur astronomers have made many asteroid, comet, and supernova discoveries.’
  • 37) ‘There may be other families of small asteroids within our solar system that, even now, remain to be discovered.’
  • 38) ‘Both comets and asteroids are the left-over building blocks of the planets in our solar system.’
  • 39) ‘Our knowledge of comets and asteroids has dramatically improved over the last 20 years.’
  • 40) ‘Comets and asteroids also contribute to the near-Earth space environment.’
  • 41) ‘In many ways asteroids and comets are likely to offer more varied and abundant natural resources than the Moon.’
  • 42) ‘It has been suggested that impacts with comets and asteroids provided Earth with much of its water.’
  • 43) ‘Some explanations for extinctions and evolution include strikes by asteroids or comets.’
  • 44) ‘Our star system is chock full of asteroids and comets, in every conceivable orbit and location.’
  • 45) ‘Most of the larger asteroids and comets are also in stable orbits around the sun.’
  • 46) ‘In our own solar system, asteroids have collided with Earth, the moon and other planets.’
  • 47) ‘Dinosaurs may not have been killed off by asteroid impact dust blocking out sunlight, a geologist says.’
  • 48) ‘When the asteroid hit, it was vaporized by the extreme energy of the impact.’
  • 49) ‘Once an asteroid drifts into either of those regions, it's hard for it to get out.’
  • 50) ‘It's just that you can't keep quiet about things like asteroid impacts.’
  • 51) ‘You can also get asteroid hazard warnings and geomagnetic storm outlooks.’
  • 52) ‘So to neglect the problem means that we are vulnerable to asteroid collisions.’
  • 53) ‘These glaciers are spotted with craters caused by asteroid impacts.’
  • 54) ‘The asteroid is preserved with the dorsal surface exposed.’
  • 55) ‘Available morphological data suggest no ecologic parameters that would be unusual among living asteroids.’
  • 56) ‘An unpaired commonly enlarged interbrachial ossicle, the axillary, occurs in most Paleozoic asteroids, including those treated here.’
  • 57) ‘Both approaches will shed light on the adaptive significance and functional morphology of asteroids.’
  • 58) ‘The fossil record is a potential source of needed data, although fossil asteroids are rare, and they tend to be poorly preserved.’


  • 1) Before we leave the solar system I should mention two meteor showers this month.
  • 2) They became a menace after most people were blinded in a meteor shower.
  • 3) How worried should we be about a meteor shower hitting us?
  • 4) The meteor did not strike and the forces of good and evil knocked off early.
  • 5) One found it in the grounds, possibly after a meteor strike.
  • 6) Provided it is reasonably clear and dark, you should see about one meteor per minute.
  • 7) Did a meteor light the road to Damascus?
  • 8) Did witnesses really interrupt a visit from little green men, or was it simply a meteor shower lighting up the sky?
  • 9) A meteor strike, and that was the end of them.
  • 10) It's not meteor strikes, or aliens that destroy our world.
  • 11) It's a bit like gazing up at a meteor shower, but also like gazing down into a molecule.
  • 12) The term meteor shower is somewhat misleading, because the streaks of light are generally caused by space debris no bigger than grains of sand, which hit and then burn up in the
  • 13) The term meteor for what is usually called a shooting star bears an unfortunate resemblance to the term meteorology, the science of weather and weather forecasting.
  • 14) In meteor, a giant meteor is hurtling toward the earth threatening to destroy it (been there, done that).
  • 15) Not only that, but an antimatter meteor from the Lucifer system struck Earth, wiped out the dinosaurs, allowed mammals to find their niche, and produced humans -- in other words, Lucifer brought about original sin.
  • 16) Every 33 years, the Leonids put on a truly spectacular display of more than a thousand meteors per hour in what is known as a meteor storm.
  • 17) Our joys were dearer because we saw their end; they were keener because we felt, to its fullest extent, their value; they were purer because their essence was sympathy -- as a meteor is brighter than a star, did the felicity of this winter contain in itself the extracted delights of a long, long life.
  • 18) Finally, sit back and enjoy the show as bits of leftover comet burn up in our atmosphere, creating the celestial displays that we call meteor showers.
  • 19) Whether Godzilla’s attacking, a meteor is about to hit Metropolis or every car in town has mysteriously turned bright pink, a journalist will have something to do.
  • 20) ‘Whitehead thinks that the meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a low angle.’
  • 21) ‘It may also raise the number of random meteors seen from Earth streaking across the sky.’
  • 22) ‘There are meteors and comets and supernovas and yes, black holes.’
  • 23) ‘Evening meteors much catch Earth by having an orbital velocity greater than the planet.’
  • 24) ‘The witness observed two objects that were moving so fast they appeared to be meteors or shooting stars, they moved so fast.’
  • 25) ‘The meteors can appear in any part of the sky, so make sure that you have as wide a view of it as possible.’
  • 26) ‘Each time a meteor crosses the atmosphere, it leaves behind a short trail of ionised particles.’
  • 27) ‘The chunks and pieces of the planet after the explosion could explain the asteroids, meteors and comets.’
  • 28) ‘Huge parts of the ceiling came hurtling at them like meteors from outer space.’
  • 29) ‘Eastern Cape residents could have stars in their eyes later this month when meteors from a passing comet provide an extra-terrestrial show.’
  • 30) ‘Each time a meteor crosses through the atmosphere, it leaves behind a short trail of ionised particles.’
  • 31) ‘In the mean time, let's keep hoping for an extinction-level meteor to hit the earth just so it takes him out too.’
  • 32) ‘The meteor's light cuts through the fog as it falls directly towards them.’
  • 33) ‘Light from a passing meteor is recorded on several security cameras.’
  • 34) ‘This convergence of government officials does not happen when a meteor falls to Earth.’
  • 35) ‘He thought he had seen a meteor but before the light disappeared it changed direction.’
  • 36) ‘Observers often mistake these re-entering objects for meteors or UFOs.’
  • 37) ‘A shield would protect each community from meteors and space debris.’
  • 38) ‘This will produce a surge of mostly faint meteors over Europe and Asia.’
  • 39) ‘Experts predict that at most a meteor could flash across the sky every minute or two at peak times.’

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