Meteors and meteorites have fascinated human beings for ages, but have you managed to turn your fascination into some hardcore knowledge? Wishing on a star isn’t going to help you now. You'll need all your cosmic wits to survive the ultimate meteorite quiz.
Question 1 of 10
The terms meteoroid, meteor and meteorite each refer to a different stage in an object's descent. What do we call it as it streaks through a planet's atmosphere?
Question 2 of 10
Which of the following religious artifacts is thought to contain fragments of a meteorite?
Question 3 of 10
Several meteorites have made quite a name for themselves on Earth. Scan this list of three cosmic celebrities and pick the one that stands accused of the 1911 death of an Egyptian dog.
Question 4 of 10
Dead dinosaurs? Religious relics? Meteors can be a big deal, but just how many 3.5-ounce (0.1-kilogram) and larger meteors enter the Earth's atmosphere on a given day?
Question 5 of 10
The Black Stone isn't the only meteorite thought to hold religious significance. Which meteorite, also known as "Tomanowos," is venerated by the Clackamas tribe of North America?
Question 6 of 10
It's hard to gauge the effectiveness of wishing on a falling star, but that doesn't mean meteors and meteorites are useless. Which of the following ways can you NOT use a meteor or meteorite?
Question 7 of 10
In 1992, the Peekskill meteorite burned a trail through the atmosphere and managed to steal the headlines for a few days. What did it do?
Question 8 of 10
In 2007, a meteorite reportedly made hundreds of residents in a village near Lake Titicaca in southeastern Peru sick. How?
Question 9 of 10
A 160-foot (49-meter) meteorite landed in Arizona about 50,000 years ago, leaving behind a mile-wide (1.6-kilometer) and 50-foot (174-meter) deep gash in the ground. We know it today as the Barringer Crater, or Meteor Crater. Based on this scenario, how big a crater (in diameter) do you think the six-mile-wide (10-kilometer-wide) Vredefort Meteorite caused in South Africa?
Question 10 of 10