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Hoba

Hoba Meteorite

Biggest meteor that has been found on earth until today

The experts all agree that the Hoba Meteorite is the biggest meteor that has been found on earth until today. The meteorite came down about 20 km west of Grootfontein about 80,000 years ago and still remains at the same place, which is not surprising, considering the weight of 50 tons.

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Type
Point of interest
Sleep
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Location
Otavi mountains
Activities
Short walk

In 1920 his discoverer got stuck with his plough on the meteorite, which at the time was covered in sand. It was then dug out and the surrounding area was landscaped into small terraces in form of an amphitheatre to enable sightseeing.

The boulder, which has an area of 2.70 x 2.20 m and a height of 1 m, is estimated to be between 200 and 400 million years old. It consists mainly of iron (82%) and nickel (16%) and some trace elements. Its name is derived from the Hoba Farm in the Otavi Mountains.

In march 1955 the Hoba Meteorite was declared a national monument. The area around the meteorite was donated to the National Monuments Council in 1987. The meteorite enjoys a large popularity with tourists. Often people ask themselves what might have happened to the then supposedly huge meteorite crater. Meteor craters of large meteors are often unrecognizable after a few decades already due to plant growth and after some centuries due to erosion.