Monday, March 21, 2011

Hoba Meteorite (Largest known on Earth)

Here's a few pictures of the Worlds largest known meteorite, the Hoba meteorite. It was named after the farm it was found near in Grootfontein, Namibia.

Hoba meteorite, Grootfontein

It measures 8 feet 9 inches long, 3 feet high, and weighs around 60 tons. It's 84% iron, 16% nickel, with traces of cobalt. This makes it the worlds largest naturally occuring pieces of iron.

Hoba meteorite, Grootfontein

It fell about 80,000 years ago and was discovered around 1920 by a farmer.

Hoba meteorite, Grootfontein

Here is a recent video of a meteorite crashing into earth.


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