The world’s largest meteor is a 60-tonne space rock that has never been moved.
The Hoba meteorite was discovered in 1920 by an unwitting farmer and hasn’t moved since; scientists believe it first collided with Earth 80,000 years ago.
A colossal space rock known as the Hoba meteorite is the largest meteor to hit Earth that has ever been discovered.
The 60-tonne meteorite is found in Namibia’s Otjozondjupa region and is named after Hoba West, the farm where it was discovered.
Since it was discovered by a farmer in 1920, the massive object has never been moved.
Jacobus Hermanus Brits, the farmer, was plowing his field when his plow came to a halt.
He discovered a large piece of metal when he dug into the soil.
The object was excavated soon after and identified as a meteorite, drawing the attention of scientists.
The Hoba meteorite is thought to have landed on Earth around 80,000 years ago, but its absence of a crater has sparked much debate over the years.
The lack of a crater, according to Geology.com, indicates that it fell to Earth at a slower rate than expected, which some scientists believe was due to the object’s flat shape.
The Hoba meteorite was declared a national monument of Namibia in 1955 in order to prevent it from being vandalized.
The meteorite and its location were donated to the state for “educational purposes” 23 years later by the farm’s owner.
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A tourist center was built on the site later that year, in 1987, and it continues to attract thousands of visitors each year.
In other geology news, the hazy cube-like object on the moon that was dubbed a “mystery hut” has been revealed to be a rock.
The mysterious object on the far side of the moon was discovered by China’s Yutu-2 rover last month, but getting close enough to determine what it was would take months.
However, Chinese scientists devised new strategies for the rover to traverse the moon’s surface and reach the object faster, and the “mystery hut” turned out to be nothing more than a regular old rock.
It appeared that the cube was the same height as the.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.