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Meteorites are what is left of the burning meteors that fall to the Earth as rocks from space. Nearly all of them come to us from asteroids, the leftover building blocks of our solar system. Meteorites from orbiting asteroids are the oldest objects available for study with some dating back to the very first stages of our solar system, some 4570 million years ago. The study of meteorites provides us with a window back in time so we can learn about the processes that formed and shaped our solar system. Apart from the rocks and soil retrieved from space missions and explorations, meteorites are our only sources of extraterrestrial materials.

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Chemical Composition: Varies
Hardness: N/A
Density: 3-7.5
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Ocurrence: Black, Silver, Green, Brown.

A meteorite is the remains of a meteoroid that has survived the ablation of its surface during its passage through the atmosphere as a meteor and has impacted upon the ground. Some meteorites are even older than any of the earth’s rocks and may have traveled through space for millions of years before being captured by the gravity of the sun, our own planet earth, the moon, or some other planet.

Most meteorites arrived on Earth from three well determined sources. They are classified based on their origin, composition, and where they were discovered. Meteorites which are found after their fireball was witnessed are called 'falls', but if found accidentally long after their arrival they are called 'finds'. Meteorites are named after the locality where they have fallen (town, county, property, river, valley, mountain etc.)

The vast majority (97%) of meteorites originate from asteroids. Some also come from the Moon and a few from Mars. From chemical, geological and isotopic analysis, we can usually determine exactly where they came from.

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