Asteroid, Comet, or Meteor?

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Objective – Describe the characteristics of comets, asteroids, and meteors.
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Asteroid, Comet, or Meteor?
Identify which characteristic an asteroid, comet, and meteor has. If it has the
characteristic, place an “X” in the column.
Asteroid
Characteristic
Made of ice, dust, and gas.
Appears as a streak in the
sky.
Made of rock and/or
metal.
Orbits the Sun.
Often called “shooting
stars.”
Sometimes called a “dirty
snowball.”
Orbits between Mars and
Jupiter.
Most are found in the
Oort Cloud or Kuiper
Belt.
Comet
Meteor
Objective – Describe the characteristics of comets, asteroids, and meteors.
Asteroid, Comet, or Meteor – Key
Asteroid
Comet
Meteor
Characteristic
X
Made of ice, dust, and gas.
Appears as a streak in the
sky.
Made of rock and/or
metal.
Orbits the Sun.
Often called “shooting
stars.”
Sometimes called a “dirty
snowball.”
Orbits between Mars and
Jupiter.
Most are found in the
Oort Cloud or Kuiper
Belt.
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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