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Prior to entering the atmosphere the chunks of rock move about within the solar system and are known as _____
a) meteoroids b) meteors c) meteorites d) comets
Chunks or rock that burn up upon entering a planet's atmosphere
a) meteors b) comets c) asteroids d) moons
Have long, narrow, elliptical orbits that cause them to cross paths with other objects in the solar system
a) planets b) moons c) asteroids d) comets
Some _____ outside the belt have orbits that cross Earth's orbit, which require scientists to monitor their position
a) planets b) moons c) asteroids d) comets
Most are rocky bodies covered with craters, but some have unique characteristics
a) planets b) moons c) comets d) asteroids
May have rings or other unique surface characteristics
a) planets b) moons c) asteroids d) comets
(Gas and dust) exist in space and are remnants from the formation of the universe when it formed
a) Nebula b) comets c) meteors d) stars
The distance light travels in on year
a) light year b) dark year c) 5 miles d) good year
no definite shape
a) elliptical b) spiral c) irregular d)
spherical or flattened disks
a) elliptical b) spiral c) irregular d)
A nucleus of bright stars and two or more spiral arms
a) elliptical b) spiral c) irregular d)
Made up of gas, dust, and billions of stars and has different shapes
a) galaxies b) planets c) moons d) comets
When the chunk of rock strikes the surface of a planet or moon it is known as a _____
a) meteorite b) meteors c) meteoroid d) comet
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