Question: How old is the average meteorite?

Meteorites that originate from asteroids are all ~4.5 billion years old. Meteorites that originate from the Moon range in age from 4.5 to 2.9 billion years old. Meteorites that originate on Mars range in age from 4.5 billion years old to 200 million years old.

How old are meteorites compared to Earth?

More than 70 meteorites that have fallen to Earth have had their ages calculated by radiometric dating. The oldest of these are between 4.4 billion and 4.5 billion years old. Fifty thousand years ago, a rock hurled down from space to form Meteor Crater in Arizona.

Are small meteorites worth money?

Meteorites are heavy, so a quality slice the size of a small dinner plate is worth thousands of dollars. A prime specimen will easily fetch $50/gram while rare examples of lunar and Martian meteorites may sell for $1,000/gram or more — almost forty times the current price of gold!

How big was the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs?

According to abundant geological evidence, an asteroid roughly 10 km (6 miles) across hit Earth about 65 million years ago. This impact made a huge explosion and a crater about 180 km (roughly 110 miles) across.

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