Discovered in 1920 by Jacobus Hermanus Brits, the Hoba meteorite is the largest single
meteorite known on earth. It measures about 2.84m x 2.95m and 0.9m thick. Estimated
to weigh about 60 tonnes, it is composed of 82.4 % Iron and 16.4 % Nickel, and 0.76
% cobalt, the rest is other minerals. It is believed that the Hoba Meteorite is a
piece of a larger meteorite, but discovery of more pieces have not yet been made.
It is believed to be between 400 to 200 million years old, and is suspected to fall
to earth about 80 000 years ago.
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