Module Introduction

This module explores the minor bodies of the solar system: asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets, as well as meteors and meteorites.

Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the types of minor bodies found in our solar system
  • List the characteristics of asteroids, including Near-Earth Asteroids (NEOs) and Potentially-Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs)
  • Differentiate among meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites
  • List the characteristics of three types of meteorites
  • List the characteristics of comets
  • List the characteristics of centaurs
  • Explain the discoveries of Pluto and Eris
  • List the characteristics of the Trans-Neptunian objects, Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud