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Researcher holds part of the Imilac meteorite

Researcher holds part of the Imilac meteorite

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DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Imilac meteorite. Hand holds a slice of the Imilac meteorite. This stony-iron meteorite was found in the Atacama Desert, Chile, in 1822; the total weight of collected fragments is about 400 grams. This meteorite probably came from an asteroid. It was probably formed billions of years ago when liquid metal (now solid, grey) mixed with silicate rocks (yellow-brown) at the boundary between the asteroid's molten core & solid crust. Stony-irons make up a few percent of discovered meteorites. Meteorites can give valuable information about the composition of the early solar system or other planets. About 500 meteorites a year hit the Earth.

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