How big was the meteor that hit Meteor Crater?

How big was the meteor that hit Meteor Crater?

Forty-nine thousand years ago, a large 30 to 50 meter diameter iron asteroid impacted the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona. The resulting massive explosion excavated 175 million tons of rock, forming a crater nearly a mile wide and 570 feet deep.

What is the biggest asteroid crater on Earth?

The Yilan Crater is the largest meteorite impact crater on Earth in 100,000 years, reported Xinhua News Agency. The article noted that the crater was exposed in the Early Jurassic granite of the regional Paleozoic-Mesozoic granite complexes. China so far has two confirmed impact structures.

How big of a crater would an asteroid made?

The faster the incoming impactor, the larger the crater. Typically, materials from space hit Earth at about 20 kilometers (slightly more than 12 miles) per second. Such a high-speed impact produces a crater that is approximately 20 times larger in diameter than the impacting object.

How big is the crater from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs?

150 kilometres
‘ The impact site, known as the Chicxulub crater, is centred on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. The asteroid is thought to have been between 10 and 15 kilometres wide, but the velocity of its collision caused the creation of a much larger crater, 150 kilometres in diameter – the second-largest crater on the planet.

Is Meteor Crater worth seeing?

Yes it is just a big hole in the ground. But what a nice meteor crater. The drive to it is beautiful, the crater is cool and the museum and gift shops are better than expected. If you are interested in geology and/or astronomy, it is well worth the trip.

Can you see Meteor Crater without paying?

FYI: You can’t even get a glimpse of it without paying, they have the whole thing fenced in and impossible to see without paying. The Meteor Crater, without question, is a must stop for all those traveling through Northern Arizona.

What country has the most craters?

Number of Impact Craters by Country

Location Count
Canada 32
USA 28
Australia 26
Russia 19

Why can’t asteroids become round?

The liquid surroundings give the planet the spherical form, because of the spinning of them and the mentioned physically phenomen. Asteroids are splitters of bigger things and so have NO liquid inner things and so they can`t transform into a sphere.

Can you go inside Meteor Crater?

We do not permit our guests to hike down to the bottom of the Crater, primarily for safety reasons. Also, scientific research is being conducted inside the Crater on a year-round basis. There are 3 lookout points with spectacular views of the Crater. There are also great views if you take one of our guided rim tours.