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Hoba Meteorite, Namibia 2017


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About this observation
Steve Bosley
Time of observation
29/10/2017 - 11:13
Hoba Meteorite
Observing location
Hoba West Farm, nr Grootfontein, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Canon 70D
Canon 28-135 IS Zoom

The Hoba meteorite was discovered around 1920 and at that time weighed around 66 tons. Subsequent weathering and 'shrinkage' due to sampling by international expeditions and other vandalism have reduced this to 60 tons today, when it is a protected national monument. It is unclear how it survived entry through the atmosphere without breaking up - best guess is that it was at a very shallow angle and decelerated to terminal velocity. There is no crater.

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