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What Does a Meteorite Look Like?

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

A.8. WHAT DOES A METEORITE LOOK LIKE? hero

Meteorites on Earth look very different from the way they did drifting through space. During a meteorite's 10- to 15-second trip through the atmosphere, air friction heats its surface to a red-hot 1,800 degrees Celsius. This friction can melt the meteorite, and can carry away up to 90 percent of the