The definition of a meteorite is a rock that is found on Earth that did not form on Earth.
Facts About Meteorites
- As of November 2012 there have been 1910 meteorites found in the United States.
- Meteorites have fallen in almost every state in the United States with the exception of four - Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
- The earliest meteorite to be found in the United States was uncovered in Havana, Illinois sometime during the 1940s.
- Most of the meteorites that have been found in the United States are made of iron.
An example of a meteorite is the 34,000 pound iron-nickel Williamette meteorite found in 1902 in the Williamette Valley in Oregon, the largest meteorite discovered in North America.
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- Coffin and Trout sells a ring called the Riserva, which is white gold and platinum with meteorite and diamonds in the side.
- If you watch Meteor, you'll distinctly hear the instrument used in the scenes where the huge meteorite hurtles toward Earth.
- Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr. Henri Moissan while he was studying meteorite fragments at the Diablo Canyon in Arizona.
- Invicta's watch designers delight the public with the unique materials used in their creations, including a dial made from a meteorite and the first watch made of both platinum and 18K gold.
- The sun is a small target for a meteorite coming from infinity to hit, and if this considerable quantity reaches its mark, a much greater amount will circulate round the sun in parabolas, and there is no evidence of it where it would certainly make itself felt, in perturbations of the planets.