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1lb Sikhote-Alin Meteorite - February 12, 1947

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This listing is for Sikhote-Alin Iron Meteorite specimen shown. This is a large fragment, weight exactly 453.6 grams (1lb). Fall date: February 12, the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Primorye, Soviet Union, Russia. Never before in recorded history had a fall of this magnitude been observed in daylight. This is one of the meteorites that survived the fiery blaze and impact.

The Sikhote-Alin event was the largest meteorite shower in recorded history. After breaking off from its parent asteroid 320 million years ago, a 70-metric-ton iron mass wandered through interplanetary space until encountering Earth on 12 February 1947. A fireball brighter than the Sun (it created moving shadows in broad daylight) was seen to explode at an altitude of about 6 km over eastern Siberia. Sonic booms were heard at distances up to 300 km from the point of impact.

Chimneys collapsed, windows shattered and trees were uprooted. A 33-km-long smoke trail persisted for several hours in the atmosphere after impact. Iron fragments were scattered over a broad elliptical area. Many of the fragments penetrated the soil, producing impact craters as large as 26 meters; about 200 such depressions have been catalogued. A famous painting of the event by artist and eye-witness P. I. Medvedev was reproduced as a postage stamp issued by the Soviet government in 1957 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the meteorite fall.

Dimensions: 3" x 2.75" x 1.75" / Weight: 453.6g (1lb)
Locality: Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Primorsky Krai, Far Eastern Federal District Russia

Availability: In stock