Name: DC Whitbeck
About how fast does a meteoroid travel?
From "Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics" by Smith and Jacobs: (note
that meteorites are meteoroids that have entered the Earth's atmosphere)
"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."
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