Meteoroids, Meteors, Meteorites

learned August 11th, 2020

I had no clue what the difference between meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites was. Since I'm gearing up to watch the Perseids meteor shower tonight, I figured it would be a good time to sort it out.

The difference between the three objects is actually just where they are.

In the end, they always start out as stony or metallic debris in the sky. Luckily for us (as long as they aren't too big!), we get to see the beauty they create when they break up in the sky.