On the day 20th June 2020, a meteorite like an object weighing 2.8kg fell from the space on the earth’s surface in Sanchore town of Rajasthan, India. The sound of the impact of the meteorite was heard up to 2km from the point of impact. We have heard the word asteroid which travels in the space (also we have seen in movies) but what is a meteorite? How it is different from an asteroid? What it could do? Let’s discuss it in the details.
What is meteorite?
Meteorites are a compact piece of rock bodies. It comes from an asteroid belt where thousands of asteroids are floating around. Also, it is one form of meteoroid which makes it pass through the earth’s atmosphere and sometimes falls on the earth’s surface. If any meteorite hits the earth’s surface then it is supposed to be traveled at a speed of more than 45,000 MPH.
The object was tested in a private lab located at the jeweler’s shop in Sanchore who confirmed that the piece had metallic properties of Germanium, Platinium, Nickel and Iron (10.23 % of nickel, 85.86 % of iron, platinum 0.5 %, cobbit 0.78 %, geranium 0.02 %, antimony 0.01 % niobium 0.01 and other 3.02 %)
How it is different from asteroid?
An asteroid is a large rocky body that orbits around the Sun. Whereas a meteorite is a small rocky body that is generally found in asteroid belts and makes a successful pass through earth’s surface.
Falling of an asteroid can make earth unstable also there is very much possible to vanish many species at once but meteorite cannot make a big impact due to its size. We have studied about the dinosaur age. That dinosaur age got vanished due asteroid fall over 65 million years ago.
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Where these meteorites come from?
All meteorites come from inside our solar system. Most of them are fragments of asteroids that broke apart long ago in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Such fragments orbit the Sun for some time–often millions of years–before colliding with Earth
More than 1,180 meteorites have been found on earth. According to Wikipedia 133 meteorites have fallen within the Indian region. The last meteorites fell in India was on 12th September 2008 in Sulagiri, Tamil Nadu, and today on 20th June 2020 in Rajasthan.
So basically, we don’t need to worry due to this fall of a meteorite. Because it has a very low chance of destruction.
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