When was the last time a meteorite hit the atmosphere?



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    Meteors and other spacedebris hits the earth nearly constantly, coming from diverse locations, like comet tails and just random impacts. However, the most common clusters of meteors are the annual meteor showers that hit every year in certian time frames. And meteors hit the atmosphere, a meteorite is what doesn’t burn up upon reentry, and is left to strike the earth, many of which accompany every meteor shower.

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    Probably just a few minutes ago! Huge numbers of very small meteorites hit the atmosphere daily, amounting to “more than a hundred tons of material”. These tend to burn up in the atmosphere and never hit earth.

    Larger meteorites hit the atmosphere less often, but still frequently. A 1996 study found “between 36 and 166 meteorites larger than 10 grams fall to Earth per million square kilometers per year.” That is about 18,000 to 84,000 meteorites over 10 grams per year hitting the earth. However, they’re still mostly quite tiny.

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