Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics


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A comet is a(n)

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1. A meteorite is a(n)

2. An asteroid is a(n)

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Asteroids, meteorites and comets may seem similar (you can only come up with so many names for giant space rocks!), but this quiz/worksheet combo will teach you about the different characteristics of these giant (and sometimes small) space rocks.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Defining traits of comets, meteorites and asteroids
  • The origin of asteroids
  • The location of the asteroid belt
  • The place of origin for comets

Skills practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the physical characteristics of asteroids, meteorites and comets
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what happens to a meteorite when it enters Earth's atmosphere
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about where asteroids, comets and meteorites exist in space

Additional Learning

To learn more about asteroids, meteorites and comets, review the following lesson on Features of Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Know the location of asteroids, meteorites and comets in relation to Earth
  • Differentiate between an asteroid, a comet and a meteorite
  • Understand how a comet develops a tail