Hoba – The Earth’s Largest Meteorite

Hoba – The Earth’s Largest Meteorite

Have you ever wondered what is the biggest meteorite that have crashed to Earth?

The answer is – Hoba.

The meteorite hit the Earth about 80,000 years ago, but was only discovered in 1920 near Grootfontein – Namibia, by farmer Jacob Hermanu. While plowed one of his fields, he came across with a 66-ton piece of iron, nine feet long by nine feet wide and three feet thick. Despite its size, Hoba did not form a giant crater because scientists believe it has fallen at a small angle and has been greatly amused by the Earth’s atmosphere.

Over the years, erosion processes and stealing a pieces of its surface gradually reduced its total weight to about 60 tons. This is why in 1955, Hoba was declared as a national monument of Namibia, and in 1988 a tourist center was established where every year thousands of people from near and far are coming to see, touch and photograph the largest meteorite on the Planet which is also the largest naturally formation of iron found so far.

Although excavated, the meteorite has not been moved from its location of discovery because of its great weight.

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