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Things To Know About Arizona Meteor Crater

The world's best preserved Meteor Crater impact on earth is located just 37 miles east of flagstaff Arizona. The crater was formed roughly 50,000 years ago when the area was an open grassland inhabited by wooly mammoths. make sure you check it out the next time you're in northern Arizona as this is one of the best roadside attractions you'll see in the life time.

Here are 10 facts about Arizona Meteor Crater

1. It's the world's best preserved meteorite impact site on earth.
2. 50,000 years ago a fiery meteor hit earth right here.
3. scientists say the meteor weighted several hundred thousand tons.
4. The meteor crater is about 1 mile across 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep.
5. Scientists say the meteor was travelling almost 26,000 MPH when it crashed into earth.
6. The collision rocked Arizona with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT.
7. During the 1960's astronauts trained inside the crater to simulate the moon's surface.
8. Piece of the actual meteor are on display.
9. The fiery meteorite was named Canyon Diablo and the biggest fragment was labeled the holsinger meteorite.
10. There's a trailer park so you can road trip with your family and friends.