The difference between meteors and meteorites: what you need to know
When it comes to space rocks, there is often a lot of confusion about the difference between meteors and meteorites. Here is a quick breakdown of the key differences between these two types of space rocks:
Meteors are pieces of space debris that enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, creating a spectacular light show in the process. Meteorites, on the other hand, are pieces of space debris that actually make it to the ground intact. Meteorites are much rarer than meteors, and as a result, are much more valuable to scientists.
So, the next time you see a bright light streaking across the sky, chances are it’s a meteor. But if you’re lucky enough to find a space rock on the ground, it’s most likely a meteorite!