Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne General Information About Meteors
Name: Sean Evans
Status: student
Age: 8
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 1993 - 1999

I would like to know about meteors. Have you collected any of them?

Gee, Sean, I have not collected any. I wish that I had. It is very difficult to tell whether any rock that you find is part of a meteor. I suppose that if a rock looked different from the others it may be a candidate for a meteor. While lots of meteors do hit the atmosphere I have not heard about many that were large enough to hit the ground. I wonder how you would be able to tell them from other rocks? Why don't you look around and see if some of the rocks around you town could be meteors? I will have to ask geologists if they can tell the difference.

Samuel P Bowen

Click here to return to the Astronomy Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory