Comets & Meteors

In this section you will learn about comets, meteor types and the dangers of an impact with Earth.

Here is a brief and simplistic definition table of some of the terms you will learn about:


Object Where they are Comments
Comet From Outer Solar System to Sun Ice-rock, Long tail
Asteroid Mostly Between Mars & Jupiter Rock
Centaur Mostly Between Jupiter & Neptune Rock/Ice
Meteoroid Follow path of comet or asteroid Smaller Rock
Meteor Entering Earth’s atmosphere ‘Shooting Star’
Meteorite Landed on Earth from Space Rock / Iron
Micrometeorite Same but smaller Rock / Iron


When you have finished in this section, take the quiz to test your knowledge.