IIE iron meteorite
|— Group —|
|Parent body||Probably 6 Hebe|
|Total known specimens||21 as of 2009[update]|
Composition and origin
They have mineral compositions and oxygen isotope ratios very similar to the H chondrites, which makes it probable that they originate from the same parent body. The best candidate for this parent body is the S-type asteroid 6 Hebe. Unlike most iron meteorites, the type IIE are thought to have been melted out of the chondritic surface of the parent asteroid by impacts during its early history.
It is a rare type with 21 known members as of 2009.
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