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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 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 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 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 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 […]


Bishopville is 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 and recovered from a depth […]


Vigarano is 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 and abundant matrix (40 vol%); […]

Oued Bourdim 001

Oued Bourdim 001 is 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 different from the surrounding materials. […]

Hueco Tanks

Hueco Tanks is 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 of Hueco Tanks measures approximately […]

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