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Meteorite Collection

Thuathe

July's Meteorite of the Month is Thuathe, an ordinary (H4/5) chondrite that fell in Lesotho the afternoon of July 21, 2002. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 87), the meteorite exploded over Lesotho, approximately 12 km east of the capital city of Maseru. The explosion was accompanied by an extraordinarily loud, 15 s long noise […]

Ibitira

June's Meteorite of the Month is Ibitira, an achondrite (Eucrite-mmict) that fell in Minas Gerais, Brazil, the evening of June 30, 1957. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 6): The fireball passed northwestward and accompanied with a noise like the reverberation of thunder has been observed. This phenomenon has been marked in the radius about […]

Langwies

May's Meteorite of the Month is Langwies, an ordinary (H6) chondrite found May 19, 1985, just south of the village of Langwies, canton Graubunden, Switzerland. Langwies is a unique meteorite in that the only piece known, a 16.5 g weathered and fusion crusted piece, was found in a glacial moraine. To date, 11 meteorites have […]

Cumberland Falls

April's Meteorite of the Month is Cumberland Falls, an achondrite (aubrite) meteorite that fell in Tennessee, April 9 of 1919.   There were many witnesses to this daytime meteorite fall, given the brilliant fireball and sonic booms.  According to Miller (1919): "The concussions produced by the bolide were terrific, causing buildings to rock, and  producting […]

Peace River

March's Meteorite of the Month is Peace River, an ordinary (L6) chondrite that fell March 31, 1963, near the town of Peace River, Alberta. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 27): "Dr. L. A. Bayrock, Research Council of Alberta, and Len Hills, Department of Geology, University of Alberta established that the fireball was traveling N […]

Bensour

February's Meteorite of the Month is Bensour, an ordinary (LL6) chondrite that fell in Morocco, in 2002, near the border with Algeria. An article published in Meteorite Times magazine describes the fall, as recounted by an eye witness: "I was out tending camels when at about 4:00 in the afternoon on Sunday, February 10, 2002, […]

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 […]

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