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Johnstown Meteorite

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A piece of Johnstown meteorite at the American Museum of National History (AMNH).
The Johnstown meteorite

July 6, 1924. A funeral procession in what is now Johnstown. 200 mourners are startled by four large explosions. A meteor has streaked into the earth’s atmosphere, and breaks up. Sounds like machine gun fire, whistling, screeching, rumbles, roars, and the smell of sulfur fills the air, leading some to think it's the end of the world.

In fact, those mourners were rare witnesses to a meteorite fall. 27 pieces of the Johnstown Meteorite were recovered over a ten-mile area. The largest, more than 50 pounds, embedded itself nearly 6 feet deep into Colorado soil. The rock had interplanetary origins from Vesta, the second-largest and brightest asteroid in the solar system, more than a hundred million miles away, somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

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