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Asteroids, Comets, Meteors And Meteorites

Date Submitted: 09/10/2006 00:05:30
Length: 1 pages (383 words)
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*<Tab/>There is a large asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. *<Tab/>Asteroids are also known as minor planets. *<Tab/>The largest know asteroid has a diameter of 1000 KM. *<Tab/>This is the asteroid known as "Ceres" *<Tab/>Asteroids are composed mainly of carbonaceous or silicate rock. Some also consist of rich metal material. *&…

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…break up and vaporize. Occasionally the fragments are large enough to burn up, glow, and become evident. (meteors) *<Tab/>Meteors are mistakenly called shooting stars now and again though they are not stars at all. *<Tab/>Rarely some are large enough that they will be able to strike earth's surface. (meteorites) *<Tab/>When these fragments contact earth scientists study them as Extraterrestrial material.

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