Giant Meteorite Unearthed in Argentina is the Second Heaviest Ever Found

By: | September 27th, 2016

Image courtesy Astronomy Association of Chaco

A giant 30-ton meteorite has been discovered in the Argentina town of Gancedo.

As per experts, it is one of the largest meteorites ever found on Earth. It originated from a meteor shower that hit the region more than 4,000 years ago.

Discovery of the meteor was made on the border of Chaco, about 670 miles to the northwest of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.

The meteorite at Gancedo was extracted from the ground on September 10 using heavy machinery as it weighs more than 30 tons.

The largest meteorite ever uncovered is a 66-ton whopper called Hoba. It sits in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia, in southern Africa. Because of its huge size, it hasn’t been moved and is now a tourist site. Hoba’s age is between 190 million and 410 million years and is thought to have hit the Earth around 80,000 years ago.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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