A meteorite is a fragment of matter that falls to the surface of a planet

Most meteorites that fall to Earth come from the Asteroid Belt.

Meteoroids become meteors when they crash into Earth’s atmosphere and the gases surrounding them briefly light up as "shooting stars".

Stony meteorites are made up of minerals that contain silicates—material made of silicon and oxygen. They also contain some metal—nickel and iron

a meteorite on the surface of any celestial body is a natural object that has come from elsewhere in space

Meteorite Impact Craters Meteorites crash through the Earth’s atmosphere with tremendous force. The largest meteorites leave enormous holes in the ground called impact craters