Meteorite is the part of an extraterrestrial solid body which has passed through the atmosphere and hit down on earth.

Asteroid parts and other bodies adrift in space outside the atmosphere are called meteoroids. If a meteoroid go through the atmosphere, it is called meteor and if it will not be completely combusted but landing on earth then it is a meteorite. On passage through the atmosphere there is an enormous slowdown due to friction, the meteor can then shatter and fall into many small parts that can be found as meteorites.



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