-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

Meteor-Right

On October 7, 2008, an asteroid the size of a car blazed through the atmosphere and crashed into an African desert.

For the first time in history, scientists were able to watch the asteroid as it flew through space, entered Earth’s atmosphere and crashed into the desert. Named 2008 TC3, it’s the first asteroid to be observed both in space and on Earth.

Asteroids the size of 2008 TC3 aren’t uncommon, and fragments from one usually strike Earth every year. Because they are so small, Earth-bound asteroids usually remain unseen until they enter our atmosphere. Larger asteroids are easier to see, but are more rare.


In the case of 2008 TC3, astronomers first saw it on October 6 through a telescope on a mountain in Arizona. As they watched it move across the sky, they studied its mineral composition by observing how it reflected sunlight, and used tracking equipment to predict when it would impact Earth.


Shortly after the collision, a team of African scientists and students headed out into the desert to look for meteorites, which are pieces of the asteroid that survived the fiery trip through the atmosphere and landed on Earth. They brought back about 47 meteorites from 2008 TC3.


When they studied the fragments, they discovered new information about the characteristics of different kinds of meteorites. They also gained some valuable information: if a larger and more dangerous asteroid ever comes crashing toward Earth scientists might see it coming.


More Stories

  • Space Terms
  • Lake Louise Meteor
  • Meteor Showers
  • 0 Comments

    Related Stories

    F1024956583296

    What Would You Think? Vote!

    • I would totally have thought the meteor was an airplane.
    • I would probably have thought it was a shooting star.
    • I would have known right away it was a meteor.
    • I wouldn't have known what it was.

    Random In The Forums

    Abbergrl
    Abbergrl posted in Debating:
    We women are strong but we are not interested in showing it. Instead, we waste our time on outfits and makeup. We shouldn't do this because the world is a dangerous place and we may make the wrong people look at us. We will be happy at first, but soon we will realize our mistake and grow more unfriendly. We should fight, fight till the end. There are a few things that we need to change and I think we should totally change them. We should show how brave we are. We should prove to the world that we can handle everything. We can fight. And if you don't want to, forget it because you're just a coward. Leav it to the people who want to make things better for you. I will  fight. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I WILL DO WHATEVER I CAN. I may not be good at everything, but that doesn't mean that I can't fight.
    reply 1 minute
    Pink_Cool_Girl
    "Prodigy_124" wrote:This is what think about it,  yes the filter is very unfair, I got frozen ones for saying gay and gay means happy, if someone says a word a lot in chat the filter will block it and everyone else that says that word will get a warning and that's not fair. Yes some people use words that aren't accepted but words like ####### isn't allowed I get warned for that like we all know that that is and it's not a bad thing, I think this, All day it should be a kid site but ones 9 rolls around it should be a site for all the teens, all of the teens stay up during the 10 11 12 hours, yeah the teens has social media but this is a place to meet new people and have friendships, you can't do that with ####### or #########. I like this site, it's a place for everyone and everyone has friends and is accepted here but if this is a kid site then people 12+ should have their accounts locked since it is a kid site. BOOM *high fives*
    reply 3 minutes
    catsHalloween123
    No I don't agree.....I think that the kidz world should stay kidz world and there should be something like teensworld that should be created
    reply 18 minutes
    Prodigy_124
    This is what think about it,  yes the filter is very unfair, I got frozen ones for saying gay and gay means happy, if someone says a word a lot in chat the filter will block it and everyone else that says that word will get a warning and that's not fair. Yes some people use words that aren't accepted but words like ####### isn't allowed I get warned for that like we all know that that is and it's not a bad thing, I think this, All day it should be a kid site but ones 9 rolls around it should be a site for all the teens, all of the teens stay up during the 10 11 12 hours, yeah the teens has social media but this is a place to meet new people and have friendships, you can't do that with ####### or #########. I like this site, it's a place for everyone and everyone has friends and is accepted here but if this is a kid site then people 12+ should have their accounts locked since it is a kid site. 
    reply 24 minutes
    AlphaT
    AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
    Duh. Nine year olds can be on this site, but Dear Dish It has frequently covered stories on some very graphic content. This site has always tried to service different age groups, but it's just impossible to do so.  What they really need to do is have a regular site for people who have aged out. Maybe a "Kidzworld Alumni" section. 
    reply 27 minutes