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Most meteors come from rocks that are about the size of a pebble.
  a streak of light in the night sky that results from a space rock burning in the earth’s atmosphere

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a meteoroid:  a small space rock that hit the earth’s atmosphere

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a meteorite:  a stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that reached the earth’s surface
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  • Most meteors come from rocks that are about the size of a pebble.
  • We were away from the city lights where meteors are easier to see.
  • There wasn’t any meteor shower.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • They don’t know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that some day it’ll have to hit.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451

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  • Every time I stepped out of the house, I looked up, expecting to see a bomb or a meteor hurtling toward us.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Slowly, by inches, he scooted his butt along the carpet until he was flat on his back, seeing the solar system behind a shower of white-hot meteors that cascaded across his field of vision.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "I mean, you’re like a meteor here.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The initial meteor showers, quakes, and tsunamis only caused part of the damage.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "I’ll send postcards," Irene sang, looking smart in her new travel suit, and blowing them kisses as she and Ben left for Newark’s Penn Station, where they’d board the Silver Meteor to Miami.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "I hadn’t planned on any meteors hitting the ship," Mr. Andrews said thoughtfully.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

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  • I’d seen one, a meteor.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • More than once, I saved the planet from destruction by waving my wand at a crashing meteor.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The time Jason and I watched a meteor shower on the dorm roof and I finally got the stupid guy to kiss me….
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • It had come like a meteor falling from the sky.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Then the fourth cylinder fell—a brilliant green meteor—as I learned afterwards, in Bushey Park.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • It was as if Scarret had heard a news flash announcing the impeachment of a President, the destruction of New York City by a meteor and the sinking of California into the Pacific Ocean.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Eragon leaned his head against a tree and watched a meteor streak across the sky.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Something had gone through his mind, flashing like a meteor, too quick, too bright to catch and hold.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • THE CATASTROPHE Waterloo there is something more than a cloud, there is something of the meteor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She and a few of her undead sailors uncovered one of the two emergency rowboats while Scylla’s heads rained from the sky like a meteor shower with teeth, picking off Confederate sailors one after another.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Yond light is not daylight, I know it, I: It is some meteor that the sun exhales To be to thee this night a torch-bearer And light thee on the way to Mantua: Therefore stay yet, thou need’st not to be gone.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Some flew like radiant meteors round, lighted up the mighty circumference and displayed, as by a magician’s wand, a sparkling glittering roof.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • In the picture of me and Annabeth fighting the Hydra, it looked like a meteor had made a crater in my head.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • It was doubtless caused by one of those meteors, which the night-watcher may so often observe burning out to waste, in the vacant regions of the atmosphere.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Tonight we should be glad we got across all that space without getting a meteor in our bulkhead or having one man of us die.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Sherman gasped so loud it made me look up in time to see the streak of a big blue meteor, yellow sparks flying from its head, coming out of the north, It flew silently across the sky and then fell behind a mountain.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The golden secretary darted through the room like a meteor with a dashing frenchwoman who carpeted the floor with her pink satin train.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • One night when she was checking the items on a grocery bill a thought shot into her mind, shining and winking like a meteor.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The sky became a noisy and shocking black, streaked outward with a blaze of meteors.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Occasionally, as if on cue, comets and meteor showers would tumble through the starry ranks, adding variation to the flowing dance.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • =========================== There is a legend that the instant the Duke Leto Atreides died a meteor streaked across the skies above his ancestral palace on Caladan.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I was full of joy, the young heroes were round me and I walked through the night under the stars of the firmament, and one, a meteor of the stuff of Anu, fell down from heaven.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • After the terrible hash — which, Father Kleinsorge later realized, reminded him of something he had read as a boy about a large meteor colliding with the earth — he had time (since he was 1,400 yards from the centre) for one thought: A bomb has fallen directly on us.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • To offer another analogy, this is like dispatching a crew of meteor watchers to Crater National Park because a huge asteroid struck there two million years ago.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • A random event, most likely a meteor.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • The carriage rolled with a thundering noise over the pavement, and every one turned to notice the dazzling meteor.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • When the glass stopped falling, there was a hole in the ceiling, several feet wide, as if a meteor had crashed through it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Do you take it seriously if somebody tells you that a meteor is going to destroy the earth? …. I don’t, either…… ’From Ocean to Ocean, forever’-that’s what we heard all through our childhood, she and I. No, they didn’t say ’forever,’ but that’s what it meant…… You know, I’m not any kind of a great man.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Even at this remote view, one imagined men with buffalo-haunched arms shovelling black meteor falls of coal into the open boilers of the engine.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Paul thought this was akin to proving that meteors never struck the earth by showing five days when not a single one had hit Farmer John’s north field, but he could understand the weight he argument would have carried with the jury just the same.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • It could be a meteor.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Thought itself is not quicker than was the motion with which the latter profited by the advantage; he turned, gleamed like a meteor again before the eyes of Duncan, and, at the next moment, when the latter recovered his recollection, and gazed around in quest of the captive, he saw him quietly leaning against a small painted post, which stood before the door of the principal lodge.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • What observation mad’st thou in this case Of his heart’s meteors tilting in his face?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • But if you ever bring her back damaged again — and I don’t care whose fault it is; I don’t care if she merely trips, or if a meteor falls out of the sky and hits her in the head — if you return her to me in less than the perfect condition that I left her in, you will be running with three legs.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • In short, she was enclosed in a firmament of light, and of sharp hisses, resembling a sky-full of meteors close at hand.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • For a moment Archer stood watching, his gaze delighted by the flash of the red meteor against the snow; then he started after her, and they met, panting and laughing, at a wicket that led into the park.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • It has dinosaur skeletons, and a huge stuffed whale hanging from the ceiling, and meteors and diamonds.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • The ball shot like a meteor above the field, flying deep into the surrounding forest.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • High above, a meteor thrust its shining spear through the dome of the sky.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
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