Meteorites and comets may seem to be synonymous for many people who throw the terms around without a good understanding of what each of them really is. There are many types of metals that fall from the sky, but by the time they hit the surface of the earth, they are undetectable except for some dust that falls which goes unnoticed.
Meteorite and Comet Distinction
Meteorites are what we commonly refer to as “falling stars” and are comprised of crystals made of iron, nickel and many other metals – some of which we may have never discovered. There is a great research project underway right now that is focused on testing metals that fall from the sky as a result of these such meteorites. The intrigue being generated is causing a good stir in the scientific community, especially by those whose focus happens to be life on other planets or harvesting materials from outer space. We are anticipating the release of some research around the types of metals discovered after having falling from the sky (of course this excludes the occasional satellite).
Comets, on the other hand, are not metal at all. They are made up of frozen gases, mostly carbon and hydrogen and give off a light because they are being lit up by the sun, just like the moon. Although this is an impressive sight to see, it is really nothing very complicated other than a piece of frozen space matter traveling at several thousand miles per hour (pretty impressive anyways, isn’t it?!)
Meteorites as scientific windows into outer space
If you have ever encountered anything of high value that has fallen from the sky but were afraid it would be confiscated, please send in your pictures and research you’ve done around it! We are always looking for new and creative ways for everyone from the enthusiast to the scientist who has a particular wonder about them for material sciences. This is one of the greatest untapped frontiers in space today. In fact, we recently landed a space voyager on a large meteorite so we could grab some of the materials and test them. Wouldn’t it be just as exciting to find some of this material right here on earth?
The truth is that much of this matter has become the aeolian dust which covers the earth and goes unnoticed for the most part, but we are on a journey together to discover the hidden treasures of our earth, solar system and finally our universe and beyond. Who is to know how many hidden treasures that men gaze towards the sky to find are sitting right under our noses? Keep on detecting!!!