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Chapter 3 Science

Lesson 6 Small Solar System Objects

Asteroid Blet is a region of the solar system between Mars and Jupiter
Kuiper Belt a region where many small objects orbit the sun and that stretches from beyond the orgit of Neptune to about 100 times Earth's distance from the sun
Oort Cloud a spherical region of comets that surrounds the solar system
Comet a loose collection of ice and dust that orbits the sun, typically in a long, narrow orbit
Coma the fuzzy outer layer of a comet
Nucleus the solid inner core of a comet
Asteroid one of the rocky objects revolving around the sun that are too small and numerous to be considered planets
Meteoroid a chunk of rock or dust in space, generally smaller than an asteroid
Meteor a streak of light in the sky produced by the burning of a meteoroid in Earth's atmosphere
Meteorite a meteoroid that passes through the atmosphere and hits Earth's surface
Created by: dguilliams