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Iron Meteorite, Sikhote-Alin

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Iron meteorites come from the shattered interior of large asteroids, a sign that they once were hot enough to separate into core and mantle. (more below)
Real space iron
Photo (c) 2006 Andrew Alden, licensed to About.com (fair use policy)
A large iron meteorite fell spectacularly in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains of far eastern Russia on the morning of 12 February 1947. This piece of it, shown about twice life size, weighs 180 grams. There is nothing like the feeling of holding this piece of space iron in your hand. Roy Gallant, then of the Southworth Planetarium in Maine, has written extensively (in Meteorite magazine in 1996) about the science and politics connected with this iron meteorite fall.

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