Glossary term: Meteorite

Description: A meteorite is a cosmic body that enters our atmosphere, is not completely destroyed in it, and falls to the surface of Earth or another celestial body. Meteorites are usually made of stone, iron-stone or iron, with stone being the most common. Most of the found meteorites range from a few grams to several kilograms in mass. The largest one is Hoba, which is more than 60 tonnes and lies in South Africa. Meteorites are named after the area where they fell.

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