Re: List of envisioned global catastrophic risks

From: deimtee (
Date: Mon Dec 12 2005 - 20:31:36 MST

Olie L wrote:

> The Wikipedia list is a useful primer...
> One thing tho- The wiki article calls the risk of impacts from space
> "meteorites". I had thought that the general term for large objects
> impacting the earth was "boloid"s. It would be inappropriate to call
> a small planet hitting another planet a "meteorite" - it would be a
> boloid. However, it seems that this term is neither in the
> dictionary, nor on particularly many webpages, so it's not a common
> use term. Any astro experts?
The term you are looking for is bolide.

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