Definition of micrometeorite
1 : a meteorite so small that it can pass through the earth's atmosphere without becoming intensely heated
2 : a very small particle in interplanetary space
micrometeoriticplay \-ˌmē-tē-ə-ˈri-tik\ adjective
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To investigate the rocky space rain, Heck and his colleagues collected samples of micrometeorites more than 466 million years old from rock formations in the St. Petersburg region of Russia.
The not-so-great balls of fire—now the oldest micrometeorites ever found—started out as hunks of mostly iron and nickel.
Its main job is to keep the craft from being punctured by micrometeorites like an expensive balloon.
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