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Transcript of Shooting Stars
Eliana Guillen What we have already learned. Comet – a relatively small, icy object that orbits a star. Visible in the sky as a fuzzy patch of light that rises and sets with the stars.
Comet Hyakutake Asteroid A relatively small and rocky object that orbits a star. Composition is similar to that of terrestrial planets.
Eros Asteroid Belt The region of our solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in which asteroids are heavily concentrated. Kuiper Belt The comet rich region of our solar system that spans distances of about 30-100 AU from the Sun. Oort Cloud A huge, spherical region centered around the Sun, in which trillions of comets orbit. What is the difference between a meteorite and a meteor? A meteorite is a rock from space that lands on Earth.
A meteor is technically a flash of light caused by a particle entering our atmosphere at high speed, not the particle itself. So what is a meteor or ‘shooting star’? Why so bright? How’d they get their name? Myths surrounding shooting stars. How are they formed? The best time to see them. References http://interestingfactsaboutspace.blogspot.com
Bennett, J., Donahue, M., Schneider, N.,& Voit, M. (Ed.). (2012). The Essential
Cosmic Perspective (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Addison-Wesley.
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