Center for Meteorite Studies

Monahans (1998) is an (H5) ordinary chondrite that fell in Ward County, Texas, the evening of March 22, 1998.
 
According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 82):
Two stones, weighing 1344 g and 1243 g, fell in the city of Monahans, Texas, after two sonic booms and a fireball were observed over a wide area (up to 100 km from the fall site).  One stone penetrated the asphalt on a city street and was found in the sandy subsurface.
 
Monahans_halite
This photo shows a ~3mm blue halite (salt) crystal in the Monahans (1998) meteorite, as viewed under the microscope.  These halite crystals contain fluid inclusions – asteroidal water! Photo ⓒ ASU/CMS/Garvie.
 
The name Monahans is shared by two distinct meteorites; the other, Monahans (1938) is an iron meteorite also found in Ward County, TX, sixty years earlier. The ASU Center for Meteorite Studies houses specimens of both meteorites.

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