Estherville meteorite fragment

Estherville meteorite fragment

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Estherville meteorite fragment. The Estherville Meteorite was a 206-kilogram meteorite that fell to Earth from space on 10 May 1879, near Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, USA. It is a type of stony-iron meteorite known as a mesosiderite. These consist mostly of metallic nickel-iron and silicate. It is thought it formed after a catastrophic collision between two asteroids. This specimen has the British Museum catalogue number BM 53764. It weighs 2.727 kilograms and is part of the collections held at the Mineralogy Department of the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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