All three are masses of stone and metal from outer space. Meteors burn up in Earth’s atmosphere before hitting the ground. These can sometimes be seen as shooting stars in the night sky.
Meteorites make it through the atmosphere and make contact with Earth. Meteoroid is the term used for a meteor or meteorite before it reaches Earth’s atmosphere.
Some meteoroids might be heading for Earth. Gravity pulls these objects—some tiny, some large—into our atmosphere. Some burn up in the atmosphere, while others are large enough to make it to Earth’s surface.
You can visit Meteor Crater in Arizona to see for yourself where a 60,000-ton (60,000,000- kilogram) meteorite hit Earth 20,000 years ago.