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If it's a meteorite on earth, what is it on the moon?

Asked by 6rant6 (13644 points ) June 26th, 2012

A meteor that makes through the Earth’s atmosphere to land in the dirt is awarded the title, “Meteorite”. What do you call a rock that lands on the moon?

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cazzie's avatar

More moon. Seriously, it is a meteriod, and ends up a crater.

gailcalled's avatar

Technically, it’s not even a meteorite, as I think about it. Since the moon has no atmosphere the meteor can’t ignite while passing through it.

So, as @cazzie says, it’s a rock from outer space that lands on a bigger rock.


ETpro's avatar

It’s a potential meteorite in a holding pattern. When a giant asteroid collides with the moon and send the whole mess Earthward, it then graduates to meteorite in action.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

It is 1/6th as heavy! I believe the term meteoroid applies because our terminology is so geocentric.

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