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5 facts about meteors that you might not know

By Shruti Saxena | Last Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:01

Zee Media Bureau/ Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: A meteor basically refers to a bright trail of light that appears in the dark sky when a tiny chunk of space debris heats up and burns due to friction caused by the earth’s atmosphere.

It is always a celestial delight to witness a meteor shower.
Here are a few newsworthy facts about meteors and meteorites:

- Meteorites can be as small as the size of a tiny grain or as large as boulders.

- A meteorite which is less than 2mm in diameter is named as a micrometeorite.
- If the size of a meteoroid is larger than 10 metres in diameter, then it is called an asteroid.

- Meteorites are mostly either made of iron, stony or stony-iron.

- Meteors and meteorites cannot support life.

First Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:01
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