''Meteor'' is a 1979 impact event film, one of the last attempts to maintain that decade's DisasterMovie genre (although given the basic premise of two of the blockbusters of more modern times, maybe it was prophetic). An all-star cast including Creator/SeanConnery, Karl Malden and Creator/NatalieWood work to stop a five-mile wide meteor (yes, a five-mile wide space rock is called a meteor, not an asteroid) from hitting the Earth in six days after it was detected within the asteroid belt.

And somewhere...an astronomer is crying.
!!This film provides examples of:

* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In spite of having not one, but ''two'' scientific advisors:
** A five-mile wide chunk of rock is called a ''meteor'', instead of an ''asteroid''. Meteors are technically the visible path of a meteoroid that has entered the Earth's atmosphere.
** Within two days, ''Challenger 2'' is able to divert from its approach to Mars towards the asteroid belt, which would take several weeks if not months.
** The asteroid belt is ''not'' a jumbled mess of rocks. The asteroids are actually spread out; you could fly a ship through the asteroid belt and barely come within sight of any. This is why probes are able to fly to the outer planets without a problem.
** The poster says that Orpheus is approaching at 30,000 mph and will hit in six days. In six days, it would have travelled over four million miles, nowhere near the distance from the asteroid belt. For reference, Mars is some eighty million miles from Earth, and the ''innermost'' main belt asteroids are over a hundred million miles from Earth.
** When Orpheus passes by, the sun is in ''eclipse''!
** Some of the missiles launched seem to run out of fuel and fall...in space. Rockets are supposed to run out of fuel and glide to their destination.
* ByNoIMeanYes: While the Russians are still not willing to admit to their satellite weapon, they do agree to discuss the ''theoretical'' application of a ''theoretical'' weapons platform.
* CaptainObvious: "It's coming apart in a million pieces!"
* CuttingTheKnot: Neither the United States or the Soviet Union is willing to admit they have a satellite with nuclear weapons pointing at each others country. So the President goes on television saying that both countries have a satellite put up to avert an incoming meteor and saying he'll be asking the Soviets for help. This way everyone can get on with co-ordinating their efforts instead of wasting time in diplomatic denials.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "When common sense is restored, and the President....Has returned the control of this center to ME.....I SHALL RETURN! TO THIS CENTER!"
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The President of the United States (played by Creator/HenryFonda) is billed only as "The President".
* LastStand / MonumentalDamage: The last chunk of Orpheus heads for New York, and manages to hit the AT&T building, as if the asteroid knew where the launch was being ordered from.
* LicensedPinballTable: No, seriously. [[Pinball/{{Meteor}} Click here.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: General Adlon apologizes for being an ass, and dies minutes later.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: While passing the time to Sunday, Dr. Dubov plays a game with one of the American scientists.