Mbozi is considered one of the largest meteorites in the world that reached the Earth. This cosmic body is located approximately 65 kilometers southwest of Mbeya. The weight of the celestial body is estimated at 25 metric tons. The length of the meteorite reaches three meters, and a height of about 1 meter. A meteorite was discovered back in 1930 in Tanzania. For many years, the local tribes considered Mbozi a sacred stone and, therefore, it was strictly forbidden to talk about it. Surprisingly, there was no crater in the place where the locals discovered this meteorite. According to scientists, this may indicate that after a collision with the Earth, the meteorite rolled over the surface for some time. The composition of the meteor includes 90% iron. For this reason, its color is dark.
Meteorites will be discussed in more detail in this fascinating video.
Meteorite Cape York
Cape York is a meteorite that fell to Earth about 10,000 years ago. The name of this space object was given for a reason. The fact is that its most significant fragments were discovered in Greenland. The largest fragment of a meteorite called Anigito weighing 31 tons. A very interesting story is connected with the name of the largest meteorite fragment. In 1897, when the stone was delivered to the American Museum, a 4-year-old girl broke a bottle of wine on it and uttered the previously unknown word "Anigito". The team, which included the girl’s father, Robert Peary, decided to name the meteorite. It is known that the discovered meteorite was the Eskimos. They called it Palatka. The second fragment of the meteorite was named Agpalik. It was discovered in 1963. The weight of the meteorite fragment is about 20 tons.
Another of the largest meteorites that reached the Earth was discovered in the autumn of 1902. An unknown block of a strange shape, a little hidden underground, was discovered by an emigrant from Wales, Ellis Hughes. The man found an object incomprehensible to him a few kilometers from his home in the Willamette Valley. after discovering a strange stone, the man, as usual, showed it to his neighbor. William Dale kicked the block a little with his foot and then threw a stone at it. Both men heard a ringing sound and realized to their surprise that the block was made of iron. Then the men realized that there was a meteorite in front of them. It was huge and became the largest space body ever discovered in the United States. Later it became known that the Willamette meteorite is completely composed of iron and nickel. It was sent to the American Museum, but before that, a very curious story happened to him. The miner Ellis Hughes, who discovered the meteorite, and his neighbor moved the meteorite to their site for three months. The ruse was exposed and the meteorite was recognized as the property of the Oregon Steel Company, where the object was originally located. A little later, the meteorite was bought by a private person, who donated it to the museum.
This meteorite is considered the largest of the meteorites that have ever landed in Mexico. Bakubirito weighs approximately 20 tons. It was discovered in 1863 by geologist Gilbert Bailey in one of the Mexican villages near the city of Sinaloa-dn-Leyva. The iron meteorite is about 4.25 meters long and about 1.75 meters high. The name of the meteor was given in honor of the place where it was discovered. At the moment, you can see the stone in the scientific center of the city of Sinaloa.
Tunguska meteorite in Siberia
One of the most mysterious and large meteorites that have reached the Earth is the Tunguska meteorite. A catastrophe, inexplicable so far, occurred in the autumn of 1908. A cosmic body swept over the deaf and boundless regions of Siberia, the dimensions of which were enormous. The rapid flight of the space object was marked by the final right in the basin of the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. Flying over Siberia, a celestial body exploded while in the air, at an altitude of about 10 km. The consequences of what happened were colossal and are currently causing lively discussions and disputes. When a celestial body collided with the Earth’s surface, a huge release of energy occurred. According to scientists, the amount of energy from the explosion exceeded 185 times the power of the atomic explosion in Hiroshima. It is known that cosmic tremors were felt then even in Great Britain. And even though
American meteor shower
More than a century ago, in 1833, an amazing phenomenon occurred in the eastern United States. The American meteor shower was the most inexplicable and amazing event, the duration of which was 10 hours. More than 240 thousand small and medium-sized meteorites fell to Earth as a result of a meteor shower. This meteor shower was the most powerful of those that have ever occurred on Earth.