This article is a discussion about what meteorites are and how they are found.
|Meteorites are pieces of rock or metal that fall on the earth's surface from outer space. Meteors mostly evaporate in the earth's atmosphere due to friction and atmospheric pressure. A meteorite under atmospheric conditions is also called a shooting star or a fireball. Those who survive the atmosphere are larger in size and hence make contact with the earth's surface. Many create craters in the earth's surface due to their impact. Micrometeorites are meteorites smaller than 2mm in size. Meteorites have also been found on mars and the moon. Meteorites are essentially left over materials from comets, asteroids or other planetary bodies that impact other celestial bodies. Five to ten meteorites are sighted in a year. Most meteorites might also leave behind a pit in the ground. Impacts caused by iron meteorites include Barringer Meteor Crater, Odessa Meteor Crater, Wabar Craters and Wolfe creek crater.