Meteoroids: Origin & Orbits


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1. The meteorites we find on Earth likely originated:

2. What is the term for many meteors appearing to come from the same point in the sky over a few hours or days?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Meteoroids are an often misconceived aspect of astronomy, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of their characteristics and related terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet combo focuses on the following topics:

  • Comets
  • Origin of meteorites on Earth
  • Meteors not part of a meteor shower
  • Point in the sky from which all meteors appear to come
  • Term for numerous meteors appearing to come from a shared point over a brief period of time

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms related to meteoroids based on provided definitions
  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between characteristics that do and do not apply to comets
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding meteorites and meteor showers

Additional Learning

To learn more about meteoroids and related phenomena, review the accompanying lesson titled Meteoroids: Origin & Orbits. Topics covered in the lesson include:

  • The peculiarities of meteorites
  • How comets are related to meteors
  • The parent bodies of meteorites