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One example is the panic of 1910. Most people knew what a comet was but did not know how comets interact with Earth. When Halley’s Comet returned in 1910, scientists predicted that the comet’s tail would brush Earth. This terriﬁed many people because they were sure that the tail was poisonous and would cause many problems. The comet came and went, and no one was poisoned. 43 asteroids, meteors, and comets In 1910, these photographs of Halley’s Comet were taken on different days to show how the comet appeared as it moved away from Earth.
Fewer meteorites have been found in South America. The ones that have been discovered are considered sacred objects. The Patagonian people at the southern tip of Argentina felt that the 254-pound (115-kilogram) Caperr iron meteorite should not be touched. The Hopewell lived in North America more than a thousand years ago. Historians discovered that the Hopewell who lived in what is now Ohio and Kansas found and used meteorites. The Hopewell created a trade route along various rivers, trading beads and chips made of metallic rocks for whatever supplies they needed.
Warriors would dip their arrowheads in the water for added power. The Willamette meteorite is the largest meteor ever found in the United States. It is on display in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. 29 asteroids, meteors, and comets This image of the Willamette meteorite was taken around 1910, when it was displayed at the Natural History Museum in New York. Another giant meteorite landed in what is now Arizona. 8 tonnes), it was considered a sacred object of the Dine, or Navajo people.