Gibeon (AMNH 285)

  • Exhibition Text

    • 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.

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  • Collection Information

    • GIBEON

      Found 1836

      Great Namaland, Namibia, Africa


      AMNH 285

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Asteroids, Meteorites, Iron

      Audience: General