Scientists in heavy red coats and eye goggles photograph a meteorite in the snow.
Starry night with meteors streaking above the trees. The constellation Orion is visible
A meteor heads toward Earth as seen from the ISS

Meteors and Meteorites

They’re all related to the flashes of light called “shooting stars” sometimes seen streaking across the sky. But we call the same object by different names, depending on where it is.

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Small, rocky, and still in space


In Earth's atmosphere


Hit the ground


Several meteors per hour

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