PICTURES: Remains of meteor that struck Saudi Arabia four centuries ago

The top section of the space-matter is currently on display at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. (Supplied)

The National Geographic team has visited a meteorite’s site, called “Wobar,” in the Empty Quarter of the Saudi Arabian desert where they documented the space object.

During their visit in 1966, nearly 52 years ago, the team took rather high resolution pictures of the location which are now shared by enthusiasts across social media platforms.

نيزك ضرب السعودية قبل 4 قرون وآثاره شاهدة

نيزك ضرب السعودية قبل 4 قرون وآثاره شاهدة

These pictures, taken by the magazine’s American photographer Thomas J. Abercrombie, were a focal point of interest to many research sides.

The top section of the space-matter is currently on display at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia.

نيزك ضرب السعودية قبل 4 قرون وآثاره شاهدة

نيزك ضرب السعودية قبل 4 قرون وآثاره شاهدة

The 3.5-ton meteorite was initially discovered by British explorer St. John Philby in 1932 after the Bedouins gave him small pieces of rocks, which he realized were not from earth.

According to studies made by Professor of Geology at King Saud University, Abdulaziz bin Laaboun, “it is estimated that “Wobar” struck earth nearly 400 years ago and was discovered during Philby’s exploration.”

نيزك ضرب السعودية قبل 4 قرون وآثاره شاهدة

نيزك ضرب السعودية قبل 4 قرون وآثاره شاهدة

Laaboun also said that the meteor incident is an incredible one. A meteorite striking earth is equivalent to a nuclear bomb explosion, he added.

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