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    • The core of the matter

      Almost every iron meteorite comes from the iron center, or core, of an asteroid. The iron core formed when the asteroid melted. During melting, the liquid iron separated, sank to the asteroid's center and hardened. 

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Asteroids, Meteorites, Iron

      Audience: General

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Gibeon (AMNH 285)

Gibeon (AMNH 285)

The iron meteorite Gibeon was once part of an asteroid's iron core, before the asteroid broke apart in a collision with another asteroid.