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Meteorite Collection

Albareto

July's Meteorite of the Month is Albareto, 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 […]

Utrecht

June’s Meteorite of the Month is Utrecht, 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 […]

Sterlitamak

May's Meteorite of the Month is Sterlitamak, 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 […]

Bovedy

April's Meteorite of the Month is Bovedy, 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 […]

Bishopville

March's meteorite of the month is Bishopville, an aubrite that fell in Sumter County, South Carolina, on March 25, 1843.  According to Nininger (Meteoritics vol 19): Its meteor and the explosion which accompanied the fall were witnessed over an area 30 to 40 miles in diameter. One six-kilogram stone was seen to strike the Earth […]

Vigarano

February's Meteorite of the Month is Vigarano, a (CV3) carbonaceous chondrite that fell the evening of January 22, 1910, near Ferrara, Italy.  Vigarano is the type specimen for the CV group meteorites which are, according to The Meteoritical Society, "distinguished by large (mm-sized) chondrules, many of which are surrounded by igneous rims, large refractory inclusions […]

Oued Bourdim 001

January's Meteorite of the Month is Oued Bourdim 001, a pallasite (PES) found in Morocco in 2014. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 104): In November, 2007, Brahim Oubadi from Bouanane, Morocco, was searching for meteorites on the Oued Bourdim wadi. He found many small pieces of a heavy rock (for its size) that looked […]

Hueco Tanks

December's Meteorite of the Month is Hueco Tanks, an (L6) ordinary chondrite found December 25, 1985, in Texas. The single 314 g stone recovered was discovered by Mr. George Bioole in El Paso County, while he was hunting for insects in a sand blow. Read the Meteoritical Bulletin entry here! This cut and polished piece […]

Benguerir

November’s meteorite of the month is Benguerir, an (LL6) ordinary chondrite that fell in Morocco in 2004. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 89): A meteorite shower was witnessed to fall near Benguerir (~50 km due north of Marrakesh, Morocco) by local people on 2004 November 22nd at ~11:45 GMT. The fall had an east-to-west […]

Apt

October’s meteorite of the month is Apt, an (L6) ordinary chondrite that fell October 8, 1803, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. A report of the fall was recorded in “Der neueste Meteorstein”, published in the Annalen der Physik in 1804 (16(1), p. 72). According  to this report, on a slightly overcast morning, […]

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