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Meteorite Collection

Rowena

January's meteorite of the month is Rowena, an ordinary (H6) chondrite found in Australia, in January of 1962. Over 34 kg of the Rowena meteorite were recovered after it was unearthed while plouging a paddock, in northern New South Wales; the plough had broken the meteorite into several pieces.  These pieces were sent from the […]

St. Louis

December’s Meteorite of the Month is St. Louis, an ordinary (H4) chondrite that fell in St. Louis County, Missouri, on December 10th, 1950.   This spectacular meteorite fall coincided with the yearly Geminid meteor shower, a separate astronomical event.  The fireball lit up the night sky with a bright green-blue glow for several seconds, and […]

Korra Korrabes

November’s Meteorite of the Month is Korra Korrabes, an ordinary (H3) chondrite found in 1996, in Namaland, Namibia.   According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 85): A 22 kg stone plus 11 smaller pieces totaling ~18 kg were found in 1996 November in a dry river bed by a farmer who was searching for Gibeon […]

Dwaleni

October’s Meteorite of the Month is Dwaleni, an ordinary (H4-6) chondrite that fell the morning of October 12, 1970, near Nhlangano, Swaziland.   According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 50): Explosions, variously described as eight distinct explosions, a series of crackling explosions, three explosions and a series of staccato reports, accompanied disintegration of the meteorite […]

Fairfield

September's Meteorite of the Month is Fairfield, an iron (IAB-MG) meteorite found in Butler County, Ohio, in 1974. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB83): An iron mass of 1600 g was found by Mr. Roy Ballinger among material dredged by the American Materials Company from 120 feet depth in a gravel pit in Pleistocene glacial […]

Battle Mountain

Battle Mountain is an ordinary (L6) chondrite that fell in Humbolt County, Nevada, August 22 of 2012. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB101): The fall was observed in weather radar imagery from the US NEXRAD radar network, operated by the US National Weather Service.  The discovery and analysis was done by Dr. Marc Fries, Galactic […]

Albareto

Albareto is an ordinary (L/LL4) chondrite that fell in northern Italy in July of 1766. The meteorite’s fall was widely witnessed, as it occurred in the middle of the day, and accounts describe the stone impacting with such force that the ground shook and a cow was knocked off its feet. The 2 kg stone […]

Utrecht

Utrecht is an (L6) ordinary chondrite that fell June 2nd, 1843, in the Netherlands. The meteorite’s spectacular fall was described by Dr. E.H. Baumhauer (Annalen der Physik 142(12):465-506).  Three to four explosions, compared to loud canon fire, were heard within a 25km radius of the city of Utrecht, followed by a whistling that lasted two […]

Sterlitamak

Sterlitamak is a IIIAB iron meteorite that fell late on the night of May 17, 1990, in Russia. Photo: ASU/CMS/Garvie.       According to a paper published 2 years after the fall [M.I. Petaev (1992) Meteorite Sterlitamak — A New Crater Forming Fall. Meteoritics, 27(3), p. 276]: Many witnesses in South Bashkiria saw a […]

Bovedy

Bovedy is an (L3) ordinary chondrite that fell in Northern Ireland the night of April 25, 1969, near Belfast. The Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 46) describes the fall: "The fireball was seen all the way from Sussex through London, Doncaster and Yorkshire to Northern Ireland toward Belfast. It was moving from ESE to W NW very […]

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