Iron from asteroids
Iron meteorites are shattered fragments of the metal cores of differentiated asteroids.
Topic: Earth Science
Keywords: Asteroids, Astrogeology, Astrophysics, Iron alloys, Meteorites, Iron
Though Costilla Peak (above) and Bella Roca (below) landed in different places on Earth, they have nearly identical compositions, indicating that they probably came from the same asteroid.
All iron meteorites contain grains or nodules of other minerals.
Iron meteorites are much easier to spot than stony meteorites.
Unlike most iron meteorites, Gladstone probably did not come from the core of a differentiated asteroid.