What is meteorite?

  • (noun): Stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that has reached the earth's surface.


A meteorite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives impact with the Earth's surface. A meteorite's size can range from small to extremely large. Most meteorites derive from small astronomical objects called meteoroids, but they are also sometimes produced by impacts of asteroids. When a meteoroid enters the atmosphere, frictional, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gasses cause the body to heat up and emit light, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting/falling star. The term bolide refers to either an extraterrestrial body that collides with the Earth, or to an exceptionally bright, fireball-like meteor regardless of whether it ultimately impacts the surface.

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List Of Ultraman Monsters - Gyango - Story
... The monster started as a semi-sentient meteorite that fell to Earth, and was discovered by several school children ... The meteorite had a symbiotic relationship with sentient beings, attempting to take on the shape and function desired by whoever contacted it or stood closest to it ... But the meteorite's form only persisted until a person's mind was distracted, or focused on something else ...
Sylacauga (meteorite)
... The Sylacauga meteorite fell on November 30, 1954 at 1446 local time (1846 UT) in Oak Grove, Alabama, near Sylacauga ... It is commonly called the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Hodges (1923–1972) ...
Tenham (meteorite)
... Tenham meteorites are the fragments of a larger meteorite that fell in 1879 in a remote area of Australia near the Tenham station, South Gregory, in western Queensland ... Because the Tenham meteorites were recovered quite soon after they fell, from a remote and dry region in which weathering and other alterations had not set in, they have ... They are examples of chondritic meteorites, containing a high level of organic compounds, and rich in silicates, oxides, and sulfides ...
Sylacauga (meteorite) - Importance
... The Sylacauga meteorite is the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being in the USA ... The Sylacauga meteorite is not the only extraterrestrial object to have struck a human ... published at Tortona, Italy, in 1677 tells of a Milanese friar who was killed by a meteorite ...