A slice taken from a meteorite

Meteorite slice, c 4500 BC.

Meteors are solid bodies from outer space. They become incandescent on entering the Earth's atmosphere producing "shooting stars", owing to frictional forces. Small meteors burn up completely but some of the larger ones survive and fall to Earth as meteorites. Meteorites are of two kinds, those that are predominately stone and those that are predominately iron.

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