Weather in Space

Meteors, Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets

Where do meteors and meteorites come from?

Most meteors, especially those that fall during meteor showers, are the tiny remnants of comets left in Earth’s orbital path over many, many years. Most meteorites, which are generally larger than meteors, are pieces of asteroids and comets that somehow came apart from their parent bodies—perhaps from a collision with another body—and orbited in the solar system until they collided with Earth.


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