Various Planets and Satellites in Solar System-Meteors and Meteorites

Various Planets and Satellites in Solar System-Meteors and Meteorites

The importance of planets and satellites in the solar system has been critically described here, and the difference between Meteorites and Meteor has been described.

The solar system can be referred to as the gravitational system of the Sun and the objects that circle around the Sun in individual orbits. The Sun is the main object that is providing the energy, which is also helping to compete with the needs of the whole world. The Milky Way or galaxy has held the whole of the solar system and it also has been filled with gases, dust and stars. The whole solar system was formed about 4.6 billion years ago and there are a number of 8 planets in our solar system, revolving around the Sun.      

Different types of meteors and meteorites in Solar System 

The most common type of meteorite discovered is a stony meteorite, which is made up largely of silicate minerals. Achondrites (some of the oldest materials in the solar system) and chondrites (some of the newest materials in the solar system) are the two primary categories of stony meteorites (including meteorites fr Meteoroids are space objects ranging in size from grains of sand to small asteroids. Consider these “space rocks.” Meteors are fireballs or “shooting stars” that enter Earth’s atmosphere (or that of another planet, such as Mars) at great speeds and burn up. A meteorite is a meteoroid that survives its journey through the atmosphere and lands on the asteroids, Mars and the Moon).   

Meteors refer to the shooting star or fire balls when meteoroids enter the atmosphere of the earth. Meteorites refer to the meteoroids that survived through the atmosphere and landed on the ground. As per the atmospheric research every year the earth’s atmosphere is heated by 6100 meteors and among these meteors some are converted to meteorites. Stony meteorites are the most common meteorites found in the earth and it is observed that 95% of the meteorites are from stony. The meteorites are constructed with silicon minerals but the majority of the groups contain metal iron in the form of small scattered particles. Meteorites are a part of our solar system and the majority of them are fragmented asteroids that broke long ago at the asteroid belts of Mars and Jupiter. Meteorites of earth often contain gold ranging from 0.000038.74 parts per million. The size of earth’s meteor is observed as a millimetre size and the size is calculated by their mass and density. Most of the meteoroids are constructed of silicon and oxygen and made off with heavy metal like iron and nickel.

Difference between Meteorites and Meteors in Physical Geography 

The meteors are available in the galaxy or Milky Way and these are also called the “space rocks”. Therefore, when meteoroids enter the earth’s environment, they fall at the highest speed and become burning up when falling into the earth. Generally, for this particular reason, meteoroids are called “shooting stars” or “fireballs”, which are meteors. However, Meteorites are the kind of rocks that have fallen into the earth from space and are different from the rocks on earth. Both of these are important to understand the structure of planets and earth and these are kinds of rocks that are different from the rocks that are available in the Earth.         


The planets and satellites play a huge role in protecting living beings from the negative aspects available in the space environment. Therefore, satellites play an important role in providing important information about the earth’s surface and even the proper location where we are located with the GPS. The difference between Meteorites and Meteors has also been described here, and it helps us understand the environment of the solar system. In addition, however, Meteorites and Meteors have also provided details about the formation of asteroids and planets.  

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