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Meteors and Meteoroids: What Are They Really Capable of Accomplishing?

Meteors and Meteoroids: What Are They Really Capable of Accomplishing?

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Geology 3 Seth Burgess 3/21/07 Meteors and Meteoroids: What Are They Really Capable of Accomplishing? How dangerous can a meteor really be? I have never feared or worried about meteors. I always hoped that I would never know first-hand how a meteor could affect me. I will briefly examine the structure of meteors, a meteor impact on Earth, and the dangers of an impact in outer space. Meteoroids exist throughout the Milky Way, and are simply pieces from our galaxy which form and fall towards Earth. Once a meteor reaches to the Earth’s atmosphere, it is known as a meteor. Meteors are also referred to as “falling stars” and “shooting stars”. Meteors can be seen through telescopes, and, often times, they can be seen with the naked eye. As meteors reach the Earth’s atmosphere, meteors are heated to more than 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. At this point, they have a very distinctive lamination, or glow. In the article, “Meteors and Meteor Showers: The Science,” Senior Science Writer Robert Roy Britt writes, “A phenomenon called ram pressure is at work. A meteor
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