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What are Asteroids?



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Asteroids | Objects That Orbit the Sun

Asteroids are rocky and metallic objects that orbit the sun.  They can be as small as a pebble or as large as 1000km in diameter.  They're believed to be the leftovers from the formation of the solar system although some believe they may be the remains of a planet that was destroyed in a massive collision many millions of years ago.

When an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth it's called a meteoroid and should one enter our atmosphere, friction causes it to incinerate into a streak of light which is known as a meteor.  If the meteoroid does not burn up completely the part that's left which subsequently crashes into the surface of Earth is called a meteorite.



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