Gibeon (AMNH 285)
Metal from space
The iron meteorite Gibeon was once part of an asteroid's iron core, before the asteroid broke apart in a collision with another asteroid. When the meteorite hit Earth's atmosphere, it heated up, becoming a glowing fireball. The black, pitted crust formed when the meteorite's outer layer melted in flight.
Great Namaland, Namibia, Africa
Topic: Earth Science
Keywords: Asteroids, Astrogeology, Astrophysics, Meteorites, Iron