Story: Meteorites

Mokoia meteorite

Mokoia meteorite

This is a fragment of the Mokoia meteorite, which was seen to fall near Whanganui on 26 November 1908. The tiny spheres are called chondrules, one of the typical features of stony meteorites. Each green bar on the scale represents 1 centimetre.

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Simon Nathan, 'Meteorites - What are meteorites?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006