Quote:The latest (June) Astronomy magazine has a title "Historic Russian Meteorite Fall." I know I'm splitting hairs here but is this correct? It isn't called a meteorite until it hits the ground. That means that a meteorite can't fall unless you drop it. Shouldn't the title be "Historic Russian Meteor Fall."?
Quote:In my opinion, the title is correct in its context; meteorites did fall.
Quote:A meteor is a flash of light. It cannot explode. The meteoroid exploded, causing the flash of light.
The meteor is the light phenomenon in the sky. It is caused by an object called a meteoroid while travelling through the atmosphere. A meteoroid may or may not strike the ground. If it does, it becomes a meteorite. A meteorite cannot be falling from the sky, unless you pick it up and toss it in the air and let it hit the ground again. But a meteorite can have fallen from the sky.
Quote:The American Meteor Society has a great poster that gives most definitions that we need.Peter
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Quote:The American Meteor Society has a great poster that gives most definitions that we need.
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