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Rubarts Quiz Practice

A rocky mass that orbits the sun asteroid
What is found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter? The asteroid belt
What is the largest asteroid on record? Ceres
A general term for a space rock particle that is orbiting the Sun. meteoroid, commonly called a shooting star.
A meteoroid that lands on the Earth’s surface. meteorite
A celestial object made of ice and dust that orbits the Sun. Comet
What are the three components of a comet? the nucleus, the coma and the tail
What are the two parts of the comet’s tail? Ion tail which always points away from the sun and the dust tail which curves towards the path of the orbit.
Comets usually originate from one of these two areas The Oort Cloud or the Kuiper Belt
Located beyond the orbit of Pluto The Oort Cloud
Area where comets move in a nearly circular orbit around the Sun The Oort Cloud
An elliptical-shaped area where millions of comets orbit the Sun The Kuiper Belt
Located beyond the orbit of Neptune The Kuiper Belt
A “dirty snowball” of frozen ice, gas and dust that forms the ”head” of a comet Nucleus
Water vapor and other gases the surround the nucleus of a comet Coma
Forms when frozen gases (ions) and dust warm as a comet approaches the sun Tail
Why do meteors glow when they enter the atmosphere? Friction
What is created when a meteorite strikes the ground? A crater
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