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June's Meteorite of the Month is Northwest Africa 725 (NWA 725), an acapulcoite achondrite found in Morocco. As defined by the Meteoritical Society, members of the acapulcoite-lodranite group of meteorites are equigranular primitive achondrites that show subchondritic compositions, with mineral assemblages similar to, but distinct from, ordinary chondrites. Acapulcoites are finer grained than lodranites and […]
Zhob is an ordinary (H3-4) chondrite, that fell the evening of January 9, 2020, near Baluchistan, Pakistan. Zhob was recently classified by ASU Center for Meteorite Studies Curator Laurence Garvie. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 109): A bright fireball followed by sonic booms was seen and heard around the northern part of the […]
April's Meteorite of the Month is Kayakent, an iron (IIIAB) that fell in April of 1961, near the village of Kayakent, Turkey. Photo © ASU/CMS: The cross-hatched structure in the metal (called Widmanstätten pattern) in this sample indicates extremely slow cooling, on the order of 10o Celsius per million years. The meteorite was […]
Peckelsheim is an achondrite (diogenite-pm) that fell the afternoon of March 3, 1953. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 46), a group of workers in the forest outside of Peckelsheim, Germany, heard "a whine similar to that of shell-splinter" around 2:30 PM. The meteorite hit a tree branch, and landed at the feet of the […]
February 17, 2020, marked the 90th anniversary of the fall of the Paragould meteorite, an ordinary (LL5) chondrite that landed in Arkansas during the early morning hours of February 17, 1930. The fall was observed by several witnesses hundreds of miles from the meteorite's eventual landing site in Paragould, Arkansas. These included the engineer […]
Benton is an (LL6) ordinary chondrite that fell in York County, New Brunswick, in 1949. The Benton meteorite's fiery entry into Earth's atmosphere was witnessed January 16, in overcast twilight conditions, and the meteorite itself was quickly collected. Benton is the only meteorite from New Brunswick. To date, 2.84 kg (6¼ lb) have been recovered.
Ourique is an (H4) ordinary chondrite that fell in the early hours December 28, 1998, in Aldea del Palhieros, Baixa Alentejo, Portugal. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 83): Many stones with a total mass probably near 20 kg were recovered along a rural path after a brilliant fireball and loud noises were observed by […]
Manitouwabing is an iron (IIIAB) meteorite found south of Manitouwabing Lake, Ontario, Canada, in November of 1962. In his 1964 paper, The Metallography of Manitouwabing, Parry Sound, Ontario: A New Canadian Siderite, R. Knox Jr. describes how the meteorite was identified: About a dozen years ago Philip Johnson, a furniture manufacturer of Parry Sound, Ontario, […]
Hamlet is an ordinary (LL4) chondrite that fell the evening of October 13th, 1959, in Indiana. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 17): The meteorite struck a house, breaking off a piece of the gutter, and was found in the yard about 30 minutes after its fall. The stone has a conical shape; however, a […]
September 28th marked the 50th anniversary of the Murchison meteorite fall, one of the most scientifically important in human history. This carbonaceous (CM2) chondrite was witnessed entering Earth's atmosphere the between 10:45 and 11:00 AM, in Victoria, Australia. The meteorite broke up as it fell, and several fragments were recovered, totalling over 100 kg (220 […]