In our last article on Meteorite facts we learned about the difference between meteoroids, meteors and meteorites and learn in brief about the types of meteorites. We didn’t touch any of the meteorite fun facts that will make your jaws dropped. In this article we will do exactly that. So, let us begin…
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1. The largest meteorite that hit Earth is known as Hoba. Weirdly enough, the meteorite didn’t create a crater upon impact with Earth. It is naturally occurring most massive iron piece to be present on Earth now.
2. Scientists think that Hoba most likely skipped through Earth’s atmosphere because the meteorite is unusually flat on both surfaces. [the featured image you see for this post is of Hoba meteorite]
3. There are only two confirmed cases of meteorites killing two people. One happened in 1825 when a meteorite killed a person. The second one happened in India in 2016 when a person was struck by a meteorite and claimed his life.
4. Sir Terry Pratchett – a fantasy author – when knighted, had a sword made for himself. He himself learned the art of sword-making from an hired expert to forge his own sword. What’s weird is that the sword is made of iron ore that was dug out of several pieces of a single meteorite.
5. In July, 2011, the meteorites that fell on Earth during the brilliant meteor shower, have been confirmed by scientists to be Martian meteorites. The stones were recovered from Morocco. Scientists say that the rocks were ejected from Martian surface when an asteroid rammed on the planet back in antiquity.
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6. In South of Cairo an excavation was taking place when the archaeologists found an iron beads’ string. Upon closely studying the iron, the researchers found that the iron dated thousands of years prior to the beginning of Iron Age in Egypt. They concluded eventually that the iron was of meteorite origin.
7. Scientists say that meteorites are responsible for evolution of life of Earth. Before life evolved on this planet, meteorites that fell on Earth, brought with them what we call reduced phosphorus. This reduced phosphorus oxidized into phosphates and thereby allowing RNA and DNA generation, which are precursors of life.
8. a 58-ton fragment of a meteorite had been a major source of metal for creation of harpoons and other tools for the Inuits of the Greenland.
9. Some of the medals that were given out in 2014 Olympics had fragments of meteorite material. The fragments were taken from the meteorite that hit Russia in year 2013.
10. The artificial satellites that we launch in Earth’s orbit are programmed in a way that they evade meteors. Only one out of 8,000 different satellites orbiting Earth has till date been hit and destroyed by meteorites.