March 1st, 2013
05:12 PM ET

What kind of space rock is it?

By Sophia Dengo, CNN

When you hear about space rocks hitting the Earth, you may feel a little confused about the difference between objects such as "meteors," "meteorites" and "meteoroids." Here's a guide:


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  1. ChemE

    Actually guys, Planets, suns, comets and many meteors have a dark matter(black hole) nucleus creating the magnetic fields and tails around them. Science has really missed the boat on this one. That is why a comet can have a tail hundreds of millions of miles long of e=mc2 charged particles. It is shredding matter at the surface of its nucleus.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  2. Hmmm

    So perverted people make religion? Or do perverted people pervert religion?

    March 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
  3. tom

    If a meterorite hits u in your asteroid, it means you're gonna get a hemaroid

    March 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
  4. Traveler

    ...or is it meteorology....or it could just be global warming lol!

    March 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
  5. Joe

    Cnn are liars, politicians are liars, your priests and teachers are liars. I hope this breaks up into enough pieces to wipe this planet clean.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  6. paul

    the universe is a consumeing fire, if we look a the molten cores of planets and suns they are neucular furnaces, scientists observe galaxey,s collapseing, some stars litterly explode throwing molten debri fo 25 million light years as quickly as you can snap your fingers, only to swirl around in dust debri and super hot, they gather dark energy and dark matter that puls them to gether as molten super red hot and reforms new suns , planets and moons, it is understandable that astraunts say that space has a sulphur smell and massive radiation, it is a very big ,difficult job to get safely to planets, moon and asteroids in our own galaxy and return, science may do some thing in our own immediate planetary system but to venture into the deep of space is a long way of , if at all practicle, wars have gone on almost as long as humans on this earth and it is more probable that humans will destroy the earth that reach deep space,

    March 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  7. bible guy

    If its not in the Bible, I will never buy it, Science has people fooled.. open your eyes, read the bible and you shall find the truth!

    March 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
    • Dude

      Really, and the bible is always right? You should open your eyes to the truth, not something that wa written 300 years after he fact. Bible has failed man more than science ever will. Science never started war but almost every war was started by religion.

      March 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
      • are122

        Untrue. Religion doesn't pervert people, people pervert religion. You are kind of an example.

        March 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  8. Joe article without all the BS posters! Truly amazing! Although I suspect it wont last long!

    March 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  9. Greenspam

    Thanks for the education CNN.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm |


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