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A.3. STONE AND IRON FROM T copy hero

Stone and iron from the space

Stone and iron from space

  • Exhibition Text

    • Meteorites are all rocks from space, but they are not all alike. The meteorites known as irons, for example, are more than 98 percent metal. Those known as stony-irons are a mixture of metal and rock. But the most common meteorites are stones, which can easily be mistaken for ordinary rocks from Earth.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Meteorites, Iron

      Audience: General

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A.3.1. Irons. The core of the matter min


Almost every iron meteorite comes from the iron center, or core, of an asteroid.

A.3.2. Stones. Melted or unmelted mini


Stony meteorites fall into two main groups: those that partially melted while they were in space, and those that did not melt.

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