How much is an iron meteorite worth?

Common iron meteorite prices are generally in the range of US$0.50 to US$5.00 per gram. Stone meteorites are much scarcer and priced in the US$2.00 to US$20.00 per gram range for the more common material.

When was the last large meteor to hit Earth?

The last known impact of an object of 10 km (6 mi) or more in diameter was at the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago.

What is the mass of the largest meteor?


N° Meteorite name Mass
1 Hoba 60,000 kg (130,000 lb)
2 Cape York (Ahnighito) 30,875 kg (68,068 lb)
3 Campo del Cielo (Gancedo) 30,800 kg (67,900 lb)
4 Campo del Cielo (El Chaco) 28,840 kg (63,580 lb)

Where do pallasite meteorites come from?

Molten asteroids Pallasite meteorites like the Imilac formed in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. They are made up of minerals and metal, remnant materials from the first few million years of the solar system. They formed inside asteroids at a time when planets were only just coming together.

Where can I get meteors authenticated?

If you do not wish to send the specimen away, then check with your nearest natural history museum or college geology department and ask them if they have a meteorite collection and the facilities to recognize and authenticate (not give their best guess) a meteorite before handing over a sample.

What happens if Ceres hit Earth?

Asteroid Ceres is an enormous 296 miles (476 km) across, meaning if Earth were the size of a 1p coin, the space rock would be about the size of a seed. Most of the resulting debris following the impact would rain back down on the every part of the planet, not just near the impact site.

What is the size range for meteors?

Meteoroids are significantly smaller than asteroids, and range in size from small grains to one-meter-wide objects. Objects smaller than this are classified as micrometeoroids or space dust.

How much are pallasites worth?

In its sliced and polished state, the meteorite is worth about $200 a gram. For comparison, the most common meteorites sometimes sell for as little as $2 or $3 a gram and pieces of the first lunar meteorite found by a private collector went for $40,000 a gram, Korotev said.

What type of meteorite is a pallasite?

stony iron meteorite
stony iron meteorite In specimens of one common type of stony iron, known as pallasites (formerly called lithosiderites), the nickel-iron is a coherent mass enclosing separated stony parts.