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Cosmic Collisions: Meteorite Treasure
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Cosmic Collisions: Meteorite Treasure

If you’ve seen a shooting star, you’ve witnessed the result of an extraterrestrial impact: a meteor rapidly burning through Earth’s atmosphere. Called a meteorite after hitting the ground, this type of space rock offers clues about our Solar System.

Meet some meteorite hunters who study these chunks of valuable debris.

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Cave Diving Reveals Secret World

Cave Diving Reveals Secret World

Strap on a virtual helmet and headlamp and take a video tour of an underwater cave complex formed by a meteorite. More...

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BBC
Top 10 Meteorites

Top 10 Meteorites

Giant rocks fly straight at our planet on a regular basis. Although the atmosphere helps fry most of them, some make it through. Discover how these ten made it to a special list. More...

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Science Channel
Hunting Meteorites

Hunting Meteorites

Join meteorite hunter Rob Matson and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in the Mojave Desert, where they calculate that 20 to 40 thousand meteorites strike our planet every year. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Microscopy Reveals Stained-Glass Beauty in Ancient Meteorites

Microscopy Reveals Stained-Glass Beauty in Ancient Meteorites

A special microscope opens the window to beautiful specimens of chondrules, or melted bits of silicate-rich material in meteorites. More...

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Scientific American
Observing Meteors: Helpful Tips for Catching Meteor Showers

Observing Meteors: Helpful Tips for Catching Meteor Showers

From how to comfortably watch the Perseids and Geminids to tips for taking great photos of meteors streaking through the sky, you'll find it here. More...

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Sky & Telescope
Meteorite Men: Meteorace

Meteorite Men: Meteorace

Root for your favorite meteorite hunters as they challenge each other to find the first one. Several tons of material have been found in this area since 1822 when silver prospectors first stumbled across it. More...

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Science Channel
Meteorites from the Moon and Mars

Meteorites from the Moon and Mars

Meteorite expert Caroline Smith describes a rare Martian meteorite, including the “fingerprints” that prove it comes from Mars and why it’s such a valuable specimen. More...

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National History Museum, London
Meteorites Gallery

Meteorites Gallery

Scientists have found meteorites almost everywhere in the world, including ice fields in Antarctica. Take a look at their variety of shapes, sizes, and mineral compositions. More...

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Encyclopedia Britannica
Meteors and Meteorites: Overview

Meteors and Meteorites: Overview

Here are the top 10 things you need to know about meteors and meteorites. Number 10: They can’t support life, but they may have provided the Earth with a source of amino acids. Number 9: … More...

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NASA
Observe an Animation of Meteor Showers

Observe an Animation of Meteor Showers

We see meteor showers when Earth passes through the "cloud" of ice and dust particles that trail behind a comet. Watch this simulation of the Perseid meteor shower. More...

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McDougal Littell
Recognizing Meteorites

Recognizing Meteorites

You won’t mistake Earth materials for meteorites when you know the four visual clues that identify extraterrestrial rocks: fusion crust, aerodynamic sculpting, regmaglypts, and metal. More...

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Smithsonian

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