Do you know who is the smallest member of our solar system? You must have heard the name of meteorites. They are the smallest members of our solar system. These are a kind of rocks, which start burning as soon as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere. This generates light in the sky. It is called Meteor. Many meteorites do not burn completely during their journey and their remains reach the earth. But do you know how many meteorites hit the Earth’s surface every year? No, neither we will tell you today.
Let us tell you that scientists estimate that about 10,000 meteorites hit the Earth every year. But, it is very rare that a massive object from space collides with the surface of the Earth. Generally the rocks that fall on the earth are very small and some of them reach the earth. They do not pose any threat to the living beings on earth. However, the number of meteorites that hit Earth every year is comparable to a drop of water in a bucket compared to the Moon.
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However, it is impossible to know how many meteorites fall into the sea every year. Tancredi said space rocks about 33 feet (10 meters) wide are expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere every 6 to 10 years. One such incident happened in Russia in the year 1908, which is called Tunguska incident. This happens once every 500 years.