Name: d c whitbeck
Date: 1993 - 1999
About how fast does a meteorite travel?
From "Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics" by Smith and Jacobs:
(note that meteorites are meteoroids that have entered the earth's
"Solar escape speed at the Earth's orbit is 42 km/sec; meteoroids
cannot move faster than this. In the early evening, meteoroids must
catch the Earth, while after midnight, the Earth (30 m/sec) catches
up to all but the fastest meteoroids moving along its orbit."
Conversion of km/sec to MPH is left as an exercise for the reader.
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