Five Institutions To Share Pieces Of Rare Meteorite

CHICAGO (August 21, 2013)—A rare meteorite that exploded in a fireball last year over California will be cut into five sections that will go to five institutions for research, the Field Museum said Wednesday.

The museum said the meteorite, which dates to the early formation of the solar system 4 to 5 billion years ago, was probably about the size of a minivan when it entered the Earth's atmosphere in April 2012.

The five sections will go to the Field Museum in Chicago; the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington; the American Museum of Natural History in New York; Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.; and the University of California-Davis.

Scientists used a CT scan to determine the meteor's age and chemical composition.

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