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Nakhla

Nakhla is a martian achondrite that fell June 28th, 1911, in Al Buhayrah, Egypt. At the time of the fall, a newspaper article was published claiming the meteorite had hit a dog on entry.  This was never proven, but did inspire a Peanuts cartoon strip, in which Linus and Charlie Brown discuss the meteorite striking […]

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Talampaya

Talampaya is an achondrite that fell in Argentina, in 1995. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 83):  Stories circulating among meteorite dealers tell of a meteorite that fell in Argentina, producing a sonic boom that scared a mountain climber. The climber eventually found the meteorite somewhere down range. The location of the fall may have […]

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Dong Ujimqin Qi

Dong Ujimqin Qi is a mesosiderite that fell the afternoon of September 7th, 1995, in northeastern China. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 81), the meteorite fell on a cloudless day, and witnesses observed black smoke, as well as “a tremendous sound”. To date, close to 130 kilograms of this stony-iron meteorite have been recovered. […]

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Krähenberg

Krähenberg is an ordinary (LL5) chondrite that fell May 5, 1868, in the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany.  The meteorite’s fall to Earth was well-witnessed, and described by English chemist Walter Flight in his 1875 publication History of Meteorites: "A single stone was seen to fall, the sky being clear and bright.  The noise of the […]

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