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Fragment of rock, iron or another mineral that crashes into Earth instead of completely burning up as it crosses the atmosphere.
meteorite iron meteorite stony-iron meteorite achondrite chondrite stony meteorites

iron meteorite click to hear

Meteorite consisting mainly of iron and nickel, marked by small faults.

stony-iron meteorite click to hear

The rarest class of meteorites, characterized by the presence of almost equal quantities of rocky matter and metals.

achondrite click to hear

Meteorite whose composition is similar to that of certain terrestrial rocks; believed to come from the Moon or from Mars.

chondrite click to hear

The most common meteorite, characterized by the presence of rock or sulfurous matter in the form of minuscule spheres (chondrules).

stony meteorites click to hear

Meteorites composed mainly of rocky matter. Divided into two groups: chondrites and achondrites.