Solar System Rubble: The Home of Princess Moon Owl?

  • Geoffrey Kirby
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


Asteroids are lumps of rock and metal flying around the Solar System; they are the rubble left over from its creation. They range in size from the largest, which is Ceres, with a diameter of 580 miles to grains smaller than fine sand. When the smaller objects enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up they are called meteors – or popularly “shooting stars,” although they are neither stars nor do they shoot.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Kirby
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  1. 1.WeymouthUK

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