Locals crow around a crater created by the potential football-sized meteorite that fell on a rice field in the village of Mahadeva in eastern Bihar State.
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A small meteorite may have fallen on Monday (July 22) into a rice field in eastern India.
The strange rock that weighs nearly 1
It is currently being held at the Bihar Museum, but will soon be relocated to the Srikrishna Science Center in Bihar to allow experts to find out whether it is an actual meteorite or just a simple old rock, Chiefs said Minister of Bihar.
Meteorites are space rocks that survive the journey through our fiery atmosphere and fall to Earth, according to NASA. They typically have magnetic properties because they are partially made of iron-nickel-metal. According to the statement, this potential meteorite also has magnetic properties. [Fallen Stars: A Gallery of Famous Meteorites]
Our planet is bombarded daily with over 100 tons (90 tons) of dust and sand-sized meteorites, but larger objects are rarer. At least once a year, an asteroid the size of a car hits the atmosphere and, according to NASA, creates a fireball (like the one that raced through the Canadian sky on Wednesday (July 24)), which burns to the ground before impact.  About every 2000 years, a meteorite in football field size hits the planet, causing large local damage. Every few million years or so, a truly massive object can destroy the entire human civilization.
Originally published on Live Science .