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I remember as a kid when I lived in Arizona my parents took me to this crater site. Back then I was young and didn’t appreciate meteorites like I do today.

Meteor Crater, Arizona, USA

(images via: Travel and TweetAbsolute Astronomy and The Living Moon)

Located about 40 miles east of Flagstaff, the 4,000 ft wide and almost 600 ft deep Meteor Crater owes its startlingly lunar aspect to both a relatively young age (about 40,000 years) and the arid climate of the northern Arizona desert in which it is situated. It’s estimated that the mainly nickel-iron Canyon Diablo Meteorite was about about 55 yards (50 meters) in diameter and weighed approximately 150,000 tons.

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