WHAT IS IT
Meteoroids are solid debris in outer space. When meteoroids cross paths with Earth and enter our atmosphere at tremendous speeds, they become fireballs called meteors. When these meteors slam into Earth, the material that survives is called a meteorite. This sample consists of fragments of the Nantan meteorite that burst in the air and landed in China in 1516.
• Originated in outer space. Most meteorites on Earth originate in the asteroid belt, the resonantly held material between Mars and Jupiter remaining from the formation of our solar system.
• Naturally magnetic due to its composition of 91% Iron (Fe) and 7% Nickel (Ni).
• The largest fragment of this meteorite resides in the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan.
• Meteorites are highly collectible.
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