I cannot seem to remember the difference between asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.No matter how much we read and study, i always have to look it up again.
I did end up setting the alarm for 2 A.M. for the meteor shower. Despite our careful efforts not to make the motion light go off, someone wasn't in a straight line. We had to wait 15 minutes for the light to go back off and then another 20 to let our eyes adjust. (Why doesn't it have a switch anywhere?)
So we cuddled up on the wet trampoline and some people fussed. But we all saw several shooting stars and i am thankful that i got up when the jarring noise woke me.
It is amazing how much you can see in the middle of the city. I think it is because there are so many vacant houses nearby. Looking on the bright side.
|Asteroid||A relatively small, inactive, rocky body orbiting the Sun.|
|Comet||A relatively small, at times active, object whose ices can vaporize in sunlight forming an atmosphere (coma) of dust and gas and, sometimes, a tail of dust and/or gas.|
|Meteoroid||A small particle from a comet or asteroid orbiting the Sun.|
|Meteor||The light phenomena which results when a meteoroid enters the Earth's atmosphere and vaporizes; a shooting star.|
|Meteorite||A meteoroid that survives its passage through the Earth's atmosphere and lands upon the Earth's surface.|