# Questions tagged [meteorite]

Questions regarding one of the three forms of space debris, this case a chunk of debris that survives its passage through the atmosphere and lands on a planet intact.

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### Saint-Exupery describes visit to plateau where he easily finds several meteorites. Is this realistic?

In "Wind, Sand and Stars" Antoine de Saint-Exupéry describes a visit to a plateau where it is extremely easy to discern meteorites from stones, since there are no stones. I picked up one and then a ...
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### Is there a way to tell the difference between earth andesite from Mars

I'm curios if there is a way to test if this sample might be Martian andesite. What type of oxygen isotope (or other) test can be done to address this in some way? As background, any information ...
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### 2019OK energy at impact

The asteroid 2019 OK recently passed at 77.000km of the Earth, with an estimated size of 50-130m. But if this asteroid had crashed onto the Earth, what would have been its kinetic energy on impact? ...
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### Why didn't all the iron and heavier elements find their way to the center of the accretion disc in the early solar system?

I guess that's pretty much it. I just heard that that a meteor fragment was found to be solid iron and it just seems inexplicable that it was floating around.
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### What is the name of meteoroids which hit Moon, Mars, or pretty much anything that isn’t the Earth?

A meteorite according to the Oxford English Dictionary is A piece of rock or metal that has fallen to the earth's surface from outer space as a meteor. But, meteors impact other planets. Are they ...
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### Found green rock 20cm below surface, is this an meteor piece? [closed]

I am wondering if this rock on picture below is meteor fragment? If so what composition you think it is? It is magnetic i tried with magnet and it sticks to it very strong, it does have a lot of mass.
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### Is the Ordovician meteor event detectable in the lunar cratering record?

Approximately 468 million years ago there were a large number of L-chondrite meteorites falling to Earth. This is called the Ordovician meteor event and was probably the result of a large collision in ...
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### Which of the following is the correct usage: meteor / meteorite?

I hope a meteor falls on your head. or I hope a meteorite falls on your head. And why? Definition of meteor Definition of meteorite
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### Water Ice on Meteorites

I was reading an article by David O'Brien et al. where it stated "in meteorites only the water bound to the silicates can be found, all the water ice having been lost, whereas on asteroids water ...
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### Precautions when retrieving material originated from space

I'm assuming that when retrieving a meteor for study and later display, there are precautions taken against possible radiation coming from it. Is my assumption correct and are there other precautions ...
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### Is thermal disintegration of meteorites variable with lattitude?

If meteorites and bolides are aligned to the solar system, then do they have twice as much atmosphere to go through at high latitudes? Wouldn't we expect a higher percentage of metal meteorites ...
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### tiny diamonds in meteorite “signature of a long-lost planet”: why come to Earth in 2008?

ref this paper in Nature re the Almahata Sitta 2008 meteorite shower. I get that they're saying the diamonds could only have been formed within something the size of planet, which subsequently broke ...
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### When the asteroid hit the earth 65 mya did the earth's gravity pull change? By how much?

When the asteroid hit the earth 65 million years ago, did the earth's gravity pull change? By how much?
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### How often do comet occultations of stars happen?

By travelling to specific places, astronomers can see three thousand star comet transition events every year at m15 for the major (50km+) comets and asteroids averaging about 20 seconds, perhaps that'...
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### Why weren't Lunar meteorites identified until 1982?

According to Wikipedia the first meteorite of Lunar origin wasn't identified until 1982. Today 306 Lunar meteorites have been identified. Why weren't they identified as Lunar already a decade earlier,...
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### Meteor shower from Moon's “debris”

Did we ever witness a "meteor shower" which was actually dust or debris of some kind from our own Moon?
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### Are the “extinct species” of meteorites originally from the “Barbarian” asteroids?

I've asked earlierin this unanswered question about an "extinct species" of meteorite, now I've just read in Phys.org about Barbarian asteroids: Named after the first asteroid of this type ...
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### What is the average Ni-Fe crystal length in iron meteorites?

Iron-core meteorites display an awesome criss-cross pattern known as the Widmanstätten pattern, shown below: (photo by Dr. Patrick M. Len, taken from Wikipedia) I TA for an intro-level astronomy/...
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### What factors influence the Widmanstätten pattern in iron meteorites?

The cores of iron meteorites exhibit beautiful Widmanstätten patterns, as shown below in the Alvord meteorite (photo by Jim H): I understand these patterns form when the molton nickel-iron core of ...
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### Meteor traveling through atmosphere without hitting Earth

Is it possible (however unlikely) to have a meteorite miss Earth so narrowly and at such flat angle that it would enter atmosphere, travel few (dozens, hundreds, thousands?) kilometers getting as ...
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### “Extinct Species” of meteorite - how quantitative is the statistical analysis?

This recent paper in Nature A new type of solar-system material recovered from Ordovician marine limestone is available to read on line, and Figure 3 is already widely publicized. Comparison of ...
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### Why do meteorites explode?

Some meteorites just blaze away, streaking through the sky. This is clearly explained, as they either slow down enough for the flame to cease, or ablate in their entirety, turning to vapor. But some, ...
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### Celestial impacts

Have we ever observed, or better yet, recorded, an impact from a comet/meteorite/fragment/etc on another celestial body? For example, in all its time orbiting Mars, has the MRO observed anything ...
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### Do massive bolide entries coincide with meteor showers?

Are exceptionally large, bright, meteors (such as Tunguska or Chelyabinsk) more common during common meteor showers like the Perseids, or the Leonids? If not, why is that? Do the meteor showers ...
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### How are the element abundances calculated for a meteorite in the Hydrogen log10 scale?

In astronomy, solar abundances are often calculated or tabulated per $10^{12}$ H atoms. I understand that in case of the Sun this can be done because H atoms are in majority or are present for a scale ...
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### What are the prerequisites for a meteorite to reach the ground?

I'm sure it's a function of atmospheric entry angle, meteorite mass (and possibly composition/density), and its velocity, but what function is it? Above all, how does it depend on velocity? Will the ...
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### What types of meteorites can I use for making a wedding ring? [closed]

I want to buy some meteorite and put stones made from it into gold or platinum ring. Or maybe I can use some metal meteorite for making ring? What kinds of meteorites can I use? It must be strong, non ...
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### Is there a photo that shows a iron meteor or asteroid in space in raw form having no layers of fusion crust?

A raw iron meteor or asteroid in outer space should be in its raw form having no signs of fusion crust from the friction of atmospheric entry and should therefore show distinctive signs like the ...
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### Was that actually a shooting star during the supermoon eclipse on September 27th 2015?

During the super-moon total lunar eclipse on September 27th a meteor-like streak passed very close within view of the event. It appeared to happen at the very middle, the maximum eclipse. [...
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### Do boulders erode differently on asteroids than on the Moon?

If I understand it correctly, boulders on the Moon are only found near fresh craters, because micrometeorites erode them over time. Asteroids are believed to have formed sometimes even earlier than ...
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### Are meteors and meteorites considered “Small Solar System Bodies”?

The difference between meteorites, meteors, and meteoroids is one of altitude relative to a celestial surface: in space, it's a meteoroid; in the atmosphere, it's a meteor; and on the surface, it's a ...
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### What are the most valuable meteorites and asteroids in terms of precious metals?

There were some suggestions that asteroids could one day be mined for precious metals. I have found an outdated study that says that some siderites contain as much as 0.001% of gold: http://pubs.usgs....
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### Are micrometeorites cosmic dust?

Are micrometeorites just dust grains at high relative speed, or is there some difference between them and cosmic or interstellar or solar nebula dust? Dust as in the clouds which obscure parts of the ...
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### Could martian meteorites come from Olympus Mons?

Could Olympus Mons have thrown ejecta out of Mars' orbit when it was active? Does it fit with the composition and dating of meteorites with martian origin?
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### Is any meteorite known to come from a comet?

Comets are mostly icy but they should have some rocky components too, right? I wonder if there's any rocky piece of a former comet among collected meteorites. Is it possible today to identify a ...
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### Blowing up an asteroid/comet really potentially worse?

Often on television shows and in articles I see it mentioned that it'd always be bad to blow up an asteroid or comet because then the energy would just be spread out and cause even more damage. ...
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### How do scientists know that a rock found on Earth came from Mars?

There are many documented cases of meteorites being reported as from Mars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Hills_84001 While I can understand that it's possible to know if a rock originated as a ...
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### Asteroids turning out to be Meteorites [closed]

What causes an asteroid to loose control over it's orbit and enter in to another objects atmosphere?
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### Why is a meteorite impact on the moon visible as white light?

You can watch a video of a meteorite impacting the moon at the npr.org website. Why does the impact produce white light? I understand that the impact is like an explosion, but there is no air on ...