What if a piece of rock lying in your backyard carried with it the entire legacy of the universe? Well, scientists refused to believe it until 1803, but recent studies prove otherwise. Meteorites are indeed our window to the universe – from its birth to lost planets and extra-terrestrial life, they narrate it all.
Not every piece of rock qualifies as a meteorite; they are relatively special that way. Meteoroids are solid pieces of debris that have journeyed safely in interstellar space for millions of years after their detachment from a comet, asteroid or even planets, in some cases. These guests from the cosmos witness a fiery welcome in the Earth's atmosphere as they flare up and appear to us as a shooting star or more appropriately meteors. The lucky ones that make it to the surface of the Earth without dispersing into vapours are termed as meteorites...read more