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Hoba

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Piece of a giant 

This fragment is a tiny piece of Hoba, the largest intact meteorite ever found on Earth. Hoba weighs roughly 60 tons, almost twice as much as Ahnighito, the world's third-largest meteorite mass displayed at the center of this hall. Despite its large size, Hoba did not make a crater where it fell in Namibia, Africa. Scientists are not sure why.

Collection Information

HOBA

Found 1920 Grootfontein, Namibia, Africa

IVB

AMNH 4213

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Earth (Planet)--Surface, Astrogeology, Meteorite craters

Audience: General