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Gibeon (AMNH 285)

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

A.3.1.2. Gibeon. Metal from space hero

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.

Collection Information


Found 1836

Great Namaland, Namibia, Africa


AMNH 285

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Asteroids, Meteorites, Iron

Audience: General