Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Can a meteorite burn my house or damage it?

No. When the meteor is passing through the last 7miles of the earth's atmosphere it cools down. This is the part that is referred to as the dark flight.  There has never been any documented evidence of a burning or even a hot meteorite hitting the earth's surface. If it was hot, it is possibly a part of an aircraft or even a UFO :)


Sid said...

Just came across these neat definitions, which would be nice to keep in mind. In your post you mention a meteorite, then what about the one that wiped out the dinosaurs?

Asteroid: A relatively small, inactive body, composed of rock, carbon or metal, which is orbiting the Sun.

Comet: A relatively small, sometimes active object, which is composed of dirt and ices. Comets are characterised by dust and gas tails when in proximity to the Sun. Far from the Sun it is difficult to distinguish an asteroid from a comet.

Meteoroid: A small particle from an asteroid or comet orbiting he Sun.

Meteor: A meteoroid that is observed as it burns up in the Earth's atmosphere - a shooting star.

Meteorite: A meteoroid that survives its passage through the Earth's atmosphere and impacts the Earth's surface.

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