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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Describe the physical properties of meteoroids.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What are meteoroids?

~ Meteoroids are rocky particles that move through space between the planets in the solar system.

How are meteoroids believed to have been formed?

~ Scientists believe that the rocky structures we refer to as meteoroids likely split off of comets or asteroids.

What is the normal size range of meteoroids?

~ Normally, meteors can range in size from 1 millimeter to 10 kilometers.

What is a meteor and what happens when one strikes the surface of the Earth?

~ A meteor is a meteoroid that enters the Earth's atmosphere. When a meteor does not completely burn up in the atmosphere and strikes the surface of the Earth, the great force of the impact results in the formation of a crater.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have a general understanding of falling stars, Meteor Crater, and meteoroids.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary falling stars, Meteor Crater, meteoroids