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



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