Tent or Ahnighito meteorite c.1894: Photographer unknown via Meteorite Recon
As a fugitive on the run from a distant solar system, meteor hurtling through Earth's atmosphere, illuminating the eyes of observers on the ground. Often the ball of metal and stone fire burned in the blaze of glory, and many do not survive into the earth's surface. Those who made it to the soil surface to start life with a stay at the Earth as meteorites.
Back in the day: Willamette Meteorite, before 1923
Photographer unknown via NASA
This is one of the 7 largest single meteorite known on Earth - monsters of iron that remain intact for thousands of years.
7. Willamette, USA: Approximate Weight: 15.5 tons
By 7.8 meters square and 15.5 tons, the Willamette is the largest meteorite found in the U.S., typically consisting of lump ore 91% iron and 7.62% nickel, with no marks of an impact crater tabrakannya as on the original site in Oregon.
Two boys sitting in the Willamette Meteorite 1911Photo: American Museum of Natural History, published in the New York Times
Although revered by Native Americans - who still believes it should be returned - the invention of modern Willamette Ellis Hughes was made by settlers in 1902. Recognizing its importance, Hughes spent three months of hard labor to move the meteorite ¾ miles of land owned by Oregon Iron and Steel Company to try to claim as his own. But he was caught, and the meteorite was later purchased for $ 26,000, which is then displayed at the American Museum of Natural History.
6. Mbosi, Tanzania: Estimated weight: 16 tonsPhotographer unknown via Jensen Meteorites
Officially discovered in 1930 - although at that time believed to be a sacred stone for indigenous peoples - Tanzania Mbosi is a giant meteorite, a large piece of metal space is estimated to weigh 16 tons. Like many meteorites, there are no signs of conspicuous crater must be made at the Earth's surface, which may indicate that rolled like a boulder after landing or simply assert that he has been here for thousands of years.
On the pedestal: Mbosi meteorite 1967
Photographer unknown via Arquivos Do Insolito
Back in 1930, only half Mbosi visible, so deeply buried in the ground, today the land around it have been excavated and constructed plinth beneath it, even if the original position is said to be preserved.
5. Agpalilik, Greenland: Approximate weight: 20 tonsPhoto: FunkMonk
Discovered in 1963 by Vagn F. Buchwald, Agpalilik, aka Mankind, is the fourth major part of Greenland's Cape York meteorite and the smaller of the two metorit of these 7 ratings. Weighing less than 20 tons of it and can be viewed at the Geological Museum in Copenhagen.
Cape York meteorite from which comes Agpalilik hit the Earth nearly 10,000 years ago and is one of the largest iron meteorite on the planet. For centuries, the Inuit who lived near the piece that lies before using them as a source of metal for tools and weapons, before the stories about their existence listened scientists back in 1818. Between 1818 and 1883, five expeditions set out to trace the source of iron crook, which all failed.
4. Bacubirito, Mexico: Approximate weight: 22 tonsPhotographer unknown via Meteorite Art
Bacubirito large meteorite from Mexico will undoubtedly be one of the best and biggest single space objects from the meteor that collided with Earth and safely. The estimated 22 tons, four-meter long iron plate display at the Centro de Ciencias de Sinaloa in Culiacan, where it attracted visitors interested to measure it.
Dig this: Bacubirito meteorite found in 1863Photographer unknown via Meteorite Art
Stone Monster from Bacubirito meteorites found by American geologist Gilbert Ellis Bailey in 1892 - which had been sent by the Chicago journal Interocean to Central and South America - and dug with the help of the local community. Like all meteorites, named after the place fell.
3. Ahnighito, Cape York, Greenland: 31 tonsPhoto: VSmithUK
The biggest piece of the Cape York meteorite, Ahnighito, known by the Inuit as a tent, is 31 tons of meteorites of the most severe ever moved by humans. The rumors of iron Greenland has reached scientific circles in 1818, but 1894 before the American Arctic explorer Robert E Peary finally found the source - with the help of local guides who not named.
Genting operation: The Ahnighito which was launched on board the ship PearyPhotographer unknown via Meteorite Recon
It took three years to get a meteorite that reached the ship - not to mention the construction of the railway is only Greenland plus the invaluable assistance of the Inuit - but explorers did not plan to sell it as a gift to the American Museum of Natural History at $ 40,000. At the museum, where the meteorite remains to this day, a display stand constructed in order to shore up directly into the bedrock below to hold the stone by 12.1 square meters.
2. El Chaco, Argentina: Approximate weight: 37 tons
Photographer unknown via Planeta Pia
Largest fragment of a fragmented iron meteorite Campo del Cielo in groups of meteorites and 60 sq km crater on the same field in Argentina, El Chaco is a colossal chuck the object of a room. This is the second heaviest single piece of meteorites found on Earth - although the total mass of the Campo del Cielo fragment will claim the title at the canter.
Campo del Cielo's 37-ton El Chaco incorporated into the scale
Photographer unknown via Jensen Meteorites
El Chaco is located in 1969 at a depth of 5 meters by using a metal detector, although the surrounding crater - estimated to have been around since 4.000 to 5.000 - and in the year 1576 has been known by indigenous area. Sensational, in 1990 police action setempatmenggagalkan hunt meteorites to steal El Chaco, which at that time had moved overseas.
1. Hoba, Namibia. Approximate weight: 60 tonsPhoto: Coda
winner approaching two times the weight of the nearest competitor, Namibia's Hoba Measuring more than 6.5 square meters, 60-ton slab of metal is believed to have been slowed by the Earth's atmosphere to the point where he fell to the surface with a speed that left him barely intact and buried. This is even expected to fall to the earth with stones being thrown into the water and bounce.
What we have here: One of the earliest known photographs of Hoba, around 1930
Photographer unknown via Giant Crystals
It is estimated to have landed less than 80,000 years ago, Hoba consists of about 84% iron and 16% nickel, and remains the largest known naturally occurring piece of iron in the earth's surface. Due to the great mass, it is not moved from where it fell since 1920 were found by a farmer plowing his field - which is heard loud friction before bulls come to a sudden halt. After suffering a lot of vandalism, now this stone has been visited by thousands of tourists every year.
A giant meteorite: The Beginning of tourists visit the Hoba, circa 1955
Photographer unknown via Giant Crystals
Note: Fikabarkan 28 tons, Armanty in Xinjiang, China should have the list here but unfortunately the information and images related to the meteorite is too rare to obtain.