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Old April 9 2013, 01:44 AM   #4
gturner
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Re: Russian meteor on Nova

The BBC did a pretty good documentary on the Chelyabinsk meteor. I actually learned something new. I always thought a meteor transformed into a meteorite when it struck the ground, but more pedantically, it doesn't become a meteorite until it's actually found and identified. Of course, prior to striking the atmosphere it was an asteroid or comet, so perhaps we should step back and straightened out nouns and adjectives into something like freely orbiting asteroid, atmospheric entering asteroid, impacting asteroid, and asteroid on display instead of having our language reflect a time when we hadn't connected the dots.
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