Difference between Merteorite and Asteroid

Difference between Merteorite and Asteroid

In our day-to-day life, we hear about meteors, asteroids, and meteorites but do know the difference between them; we are going to distinguish between meteorites and asteroids and find out why every meteorite can be a meteor, but every meteor is not a meteorite and how an asteroid becomes a meteor. By the chance of 1%, it becomes a meteorite. So let's begin our search;


An asteroid is a large rocky body that orbits the sun. Asteroids are of different shapes and sizes, both regular and irregular. Asteroids are smaller than planets and moons; they are made of rock, metal, and other kinds of material.


Meteors are often called shooting stars, but meteors are not stars and UFOs. They are tiny particles that burn up in the atmosphere. A meteor is a flash you see in the sky when a piece of interplanetary debris enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up. Even meteors are more common than meteorites.


A lot of meteorites are small stones that are not carbonated. Meteorites are rare since they do occasionally hit Earth; meteorites are made up of rock and metal. They are primarily found in deserts and polar regions. Meteorites are essential because they help scientists learn about the formation of the solar system.

Representation of Meteor, Meteorite and Asteroid

Meteor, Meteorite and Asteroid :

The difference and similarity

There are millions of asteroids, but most are located in the central asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. When an asteroid enters Earth's atmosphere at high speed, it produces a brilliant streak of light as it disintegrates. This streak of light is called a meteor. Meteors are not shooting stars; they are just the strike of light that can be seen when an asteroid hits the Earth's atmospheric layer. Meteors and asteroids have pretty different characteristics~

Unlike asteroids, Meteors are relatively small, and when meteors survive their entry into the atmosphere, they have to be large enough not to burn up entirely or produce no surviving fragments more extensive than a few mm in the atmosphere. For a meteoroid to become a meteorite, it must survive impact with the ground and be recovered quickly enough. If a meteoroid survives its trip through the atmosphere and lands on Earth, it is called a meteorite. Meteorites are relatively rare and make up only about 1% of all falling objects.


In a nutshell, now we know that asteroids that are found between the asteroid belt of Jupiter and Mars, when reaching Earth's atmosphere from space, it get converted into dazzling spark known as a meteor, and by 1% chance if a meteor crossed the atmosphere, then we'll call it as meteorite. This is the difference between a meteorite and an asteroid.


Why Pluto is not considered as planet?

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded the status of Pluto to that of a dwarf because Pluto meets all the criteria of (IAU) except one—it “has not cleared its neighboring region of other objects.”

Why is Venus hotter than Mercury?

Even though Mercury is closer to the Sun, Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system because it has thick clouds of sulfuric acid which traps heat, making it feel like a furnace on the surface.

What is Earth's twin planet?

Venus is Earth's twin planet.

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