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Why So Many Meteorites Come From The Same Place

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Because of space physics, one faraway asteroid is likely the progenitor of almost a third of all the meteorites on Earth.

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If you want to learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
Asteroid: A rocky body smaller than a planet that is orbiting the sun.
Meteoroid: A smaller rocky body moving in the solar system.
Meteor: A meteoroid that has entered the Earth’s atmosphere.
Meteorite: A meteor that hits the Earth.
Orbital resonance: A force that occurs when orbiting bodies exert a regular, periodic gravitational influence on each other, because of the length of their relative orbits.
Kirkwood Gap: A dip in the distribution of main belt asteroids that correspond to the locations of orbital resonances with Jupiter.


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