Photos: Asteroids, Meteors and Meteorites
Glen Barber Posted by Glen on 2013-02-18 12:52:55 tags: photo
BERLIN (AP) — A meteor exploded in the sky above Russia on Friday, February 15, 2013 causing a shockwave that blew out windows injuring hundreds of people and sending fragments falling to the ground in the Ural Mountains. What's the difference between a meteor and a meteorite? Meteors are pieces of space rock, usually from larger comets or asteroids, which enter the Earth's atmosphere. Many are burned up by the heat of the atmosphere, but those that survive and strike the Earth are called meteorites. They often hit the ground at tremendous speed — up to 30,000 kilometers an hour (18,642 mph) according to the European Space Agency. Here is a selection of photos of asteroids, meteors and meteorites.