A meteorite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives an impact with the Earth's surface without being destroyed. While in space it is called a meteoroid. When it enters the atmosphere, air resistance causes the body to heat up and emit light, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting star. The term bolide refers to either an extraterrestrial body that collides with the Earth, or to an exceptionally bright, fireball-like meteor regardless of whether it ultimately impacts the surface. Meteorites have been found on the Moon and Mars. Meteorites that are recovered after being observed as they transited the atmosphere or impacted the Earth are called falls. All other meteorites are known as finds. As of mid-2006, there are approximately 1,050 witnessed falls having specimens in the world's collections. In contrast, there are over 31,000 well-documented meteorite finds. Meteorites are always named for the place where they were found, usually a nearby town or geographic feature. In cases where many meteorites were found in one place, the name may be followed by a number or letter (e.g., Allan Hills 84001 or Dimmitt (b)). Meteorites have traditionally been divided into three broad categories: stony meteorites are rocks, mainly composed of silicate minerals; iron meteorites are largely composed ofmetalliciron-nickel;and,stony-iron meteorites contain large amounts of both metallic and rocky material. Modern classification schemes divide meteorites into groups according to their structure, chemical and isotopic composition and mineralogy.Source: Meteorite entry, Wikipedia [ - ]
What are Properties? Properties
Names of individuals who observed a transit of the meteor prior to its impact with the Earth.
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The meteorite fall location may be different from the meteorite discovery location
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The meteorite fall date may differ from the meteorite discovery date.
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The meteorite discovery location may be different from the meteorite fall location
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Is there a visible crater from the meteor's impact with the Earth's surface?
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Enter the name(s) of the institution(s) holding a specimen of the meteorite
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Mass of the found meteorite in grams.,
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The celestial body from which this meteorite originated.,
What are Included Types? Included Types
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