Sunday, 4 March 2018

30 tonne meteorite discovered in Argentina is the second heaviest ever found

The meteorite was discovered on September 10th, 2016. It was found in the town of Gancedo, 674 miles (1,085km) north of the country's capital, Buenos Aires.

About 4,000 years ago, a shower of meteorites fell in Campo del Cielo.
The asteroid weighed an estimated 800 tons and came from the Main Asteroid Belt located between Mars and Jupiter. It split into multiple meteorites that branched out over an area of 320 square kilometres. The Gancedo meteorite is the second biggest in size to the Hoba meteorite, weighing 66 tonnes in Namibia.
A previously discovered meteorite in the El Chaco area weighed 2,884 tonnes, meaning Argentina now has two of the world's largest meteorites.