So I know a meteoroid is the small thing floating in space while an asteroid is the large one. I know a meteor is the streak of light a meteoroid creates as it falls through the atmosphere and a meteorite is what remains after the impact on the Earth. Also, that meteorites can sometimes be produced by the impact of an asteroid. However, with this different terminology for the different parts, it leaves some naming questions in my head. I'm sure there are other answers that could be correct other than the ones I provide: 1) Does the light from an asteroid falling through the atmosphere count as a meteor? 2) Is the small rock still considered a meteoroid when it's a foot away from hitting the surface? After all it's no longer in floating through space but it also has not collided yet. 3) Would you call the impact a meteoroid impact, meteor impact, or meteorite impact? Meteor impact doesn't seem likely. Meteorite impact seems the most reasonable until you consider the fact that no meteorite might be left. 4) If an asteroid survived the fall to Earth more or less intact (somehow, maybe it had some unbelievable trajectory that made the impact relatively slow and was a piece of solid iron) and it plopped down to become a large hill or small mountain, would it still be called a meteorite even though it was mostly an intact asteroid?