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Thread #132499 Message #4001529
Posted By: Steve Shaw
22-Jul-19 - 06:24 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
But that isn't right. The distinctions are useful. A meteoroid is a small lump of rock in the solar system. How small? "Anything smaller than an asteroid" is as close as you'll get. A meteorite is one of those lumps of rock that has made it as far as the ground. A meteor is the same thing as a shooting star, the momentary streak of light from a small lump of rock, more likely a grain or speck of dust, that we see burning up as it rushes into the atmosphere. There is no such thing as a meteor on the ground or in a museum. They're meteorites every time.