2VocabularyAsteroid- A rocky mass up to several hundred km revolve around the sunComet- A comet is a frozen mass of different types of ice and dust orbiting the sun.Nucleus- A very small substance that is made up of dust and ice.Coma- A cloud of dust and evaporated gases that surrounds the nucleus.Meteors- a shooting starMeteoroids-a small asteroidMeteorites-a piece of a meteor that doesn’t burn up
3Comets Comets Comets come from areas around the solar system. During the year, several comets travel into the solar system and orbit the sun.Comets path is elliptical through the solar system.A comets tail points in different directions and different spots along it’s orbit.FactHalley’s comet is probably the most popular comet. It passes the sun about every 76 yearsComets come from areas around the solar system.During the year, several comets travel into the solar system and orbit then sun.Comets path is elliptical through the solar system.A comets tail points in different directions and different spots along it’s orbit.FactHailey’s comet is probably the most popular comet. It passes the sun about every 76 years
4Asteroids Sometimes called minor planets Asteroids are uneven shapes Smaller asteroids orbit bigger onesThe smallest asteroids are pebble-sizedMost asteroids complete a revolution in 3-6 yearsMost asteroids orbit the asteroid beltThe largest asteroids are spherical with a diameter ofAsteroid Ida is the main asteroid between Mars and JupiterAsteroid Eros became the first asteroid to be orbited and landedupon a spacecraft.Asteroid Ida
5MeteorsWhen Earth passes through the path of a comet it causes a meteor shower.A shooting star is a meteorMost meteors burn up before they hit Earth’s surface because of friction.A meteor is formed when a meteoroid hits Earth’s atmosphere.
6MeteoroidsA meteoroid is a small asteroid. They can be about the size of a boulder or smaller. Most of the time they are the size of a pebble or a grain of sand. When a meteoroid passes through Earth's atmosphere it heats up very quickly and if it gets hot enough, it will create a glowing streak through the sky. When this occurs it is called a fireball.
7MeteoritesA meteorite is a piece of a meteor that doesn’t burn up while the meteor is falling. It lands on Earth and creates a crater. The meteorite is usually quite small.
8Questions Where do comets come from? When a meteoroid creates a glowing streak through the sky what is it called?What is a meteorite?What is a meteor?What are asteroids sometimes called?
9Answers!!! Comets come from areas around the solar system. It is called a fireball.A meteorite is a piece of meteor that doesn’t burn up.A meteor is a shooting star.Asteroids are sometimes called minor planets.
10Credits Pictures from clip art and Wikipedia. Information from Scott Foresman Science.Asteroids by: ChIBU Nwafor & Landon HenryMeteors, Meteorites, and Meteoroids by: Brooke Lord & Sarah Peirce.Comets by: Tate Hagan & Logan Campbell.