World’s second largest 30-ton meteorite unearthed in Argentina

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A colossal meteorite that tips the scales at 30,800kg was uncovered in Argentina over the weekend. It has been declared as one of the largest ever found on earth by experts.

The discovery was made on the border of Chaco which is about 1078 km (670 miles) northwest of the Buenos Aires. It is thought to have fallen in a meteor shower that pelted the region over over 4000 years ago.

It’s possible that it could be the 2nd largest meteorite ever found on Earth but more tests need to be done before it will be able to claim this impressive title.

The biggest meteorite ever found was called Hoba and weighed in at a gargantuan 66 tonnes. It was dug up in Namibia over a century ago.

The massive size of Hoba means it has never been removed from its resting place in the Otjozondjupa region of Namibia. It has however, been fully uncovered.

Hoba has been estimated as between 190 million and 410 million years old and it’s thought the impact with earth was around 80 000 years ago.

The other meteorite in the running for 2nd biggest is caled El Chaco and is 37 tonnes and was discovered in the same Argentinian field as this new find.

More weigh-ins will be needed to see if this latest find, named Gancedo, can knock El Chaco from 2nd place and secure a position behind Hoba.

Mario Vesconi is president of the Astronomy Association of Chaco, he told the Xinhua news agency over the weekend “[T]he size and weight surprised us.” and “While we hoped for weights above what had been registered, we did not expect it to exceed 30 tons.”

The meteorite was found in Campo del Cielo. This means “Field of Heaven”. It is an area on the border between the provinces of Chaco and Santiago del Estero.

This strange place is littered with other meteor craters. There are at least 26 in an area of only 3 km by 19.2 km ( 1.8 x 11.9 miles).

The largest measures 115 by 91 metres (377 x 298 feet). It is thought to have been hit by a mighty meteor shower between 4200 and 4700 years ago.

So far an estimated 100 tons of space debris has been excavated from the site.

Gancedo must now undergo a series of tests. The first being to confirm its weight and the second to confirm its status as an actual meteorite.

Vesconi told the Argentinian government’s news service, Télam that “We could compare the weight with the other large meteorite found in the province.

Although we expected it to be heavier, we did not expect it to exceed 30 tons.”

“We will weigh it again. Apart from wanting the added confidence of a double-check of the initial readings we took,

the fact that its weight is such a surprise to us makes us want to re-calibrate.”

Are all these large meteorites any cause for concern to us humans? Well not really, meteorites like this are extremely rare thanks to the huge gravitational force of Jupiter which deflects a whole host of cosmic debris away from our planet. You can think of it like a giant vacuum cleaner that is sucking up all the debris before it gets a chance to get to the inner parts of our solar system where it might pose a danger to us. That’s not to say nothing ever gets through but in the grand scheme of things it’s not something we really need to spend time worrying about !

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