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18 May 2022

NWA 5000 (Sahara) – Lunar

Northwest Africa 5000 Morocco Find: July 2007 Achondrite (lunar, feldspathic breccia) History: Found in July 2007 in southern Morocco and provided to Adam Hupé in October 2007. Physical characteristics: A single, large cuboidal stone (11.528 kg) with approximate dimensions 27 cm × 24 cm × 20 cm. One side (which appears to have been embedded downward in light brown mud) has preserved regmaglypts and is partially covered by translucent, pale greenish fusion crust with fine contraction cracks. Abundant large beige […]

18 May 2022

NWA 4734 (Sahara) – Lunar

Northwest Africa 4734 Rissani, Morocco Find: October 2006 Achondrite (lunar) History: Two pieces were purchased from nomads in Erfoud, Morocco, in October 2006 and February 2007. Physical characteristics: A. Habibi purchased two pieces with a total mass of 477 g in Rissani, Morocco; several other pieces of the same stone totaling 895 g are with Ait Elkaid in Rissani, Morocco. Dull black/brown fusion crust is nearly complete and inside slightly tarnished where absent. It is a gray, coarse-grained, pristine magmatic […]

18 May 2022
18 May 2022
18 May 2022

Murchison (Australia) – CM2 chondrite

FALL OF MURCHISON STONE METEORITE SHOWER, AUSTRALIA Name: MURCHISON The place of fall or discovery: Near Murchison, Victoria, Australia; φ = 36’37’S, λ = 145°12’E . Date of fall or discovery: FALL, September 28,1969,between 10h45m and 11 h 00m L.T. Class and type: STONE, carbonaceous chondrite, type II or III. Number of individual specimens: Meteorite shower on an area over 5 square miles. Total weight: About 4 ½ kg; largest mass weights 680.2 g. Circumstances of the fall or discovery: […]

18 May 2022

Mukundpura (India) – CM2 chondrite

Mukundpura 26º52’52.5’’N, 75º39’53.7’’E Rajasthan, India Fall: June 6, 2017 Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2) History: A meteorite weighing approximately 2 kg fell in Mukundpura village at 05:15 hrs on June 6, 2017, on sandy soil in the agricultural field of Mr. Banshi Ram. The impact formed a nearly circular crater of ~40 cm diameter with a depth of 15 cm. Upon impact, the stone shattered into several large pieces and multiple gram and subgram-sized fragments. Mr. Banshi Ram observed a bright […]

18 May 2022

Millbillillie (Australia) – Eucrite

FALL OF THE MILLBILLILLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, STONY METEORITE Name: MILLBILLILLIE Place: On Millbillillie and Jundee Stations, Wiluna district, Western Australia. 26° 27’S, 120° 22’E. Date of fall: October, 1960. Day unknown, but about 1 p.m. local time (0500 GMT). Recovered 1970. Class and type: Stone. Eucrite. Number of individual specimens: At least 3 Total weight: At least 25.4 kg Circumstances of fall: Station workers, F. Vicenti and F. Quadrio, observed a fireball while opening a gate in the boundary fence […]

18 May 2022

Los Vientos 263 (Chile) – Pallasite ungrouped

Los Vientos 263 (LoV 263)        24°40’S, 69°45’W Antofagasta, Chile Find: 2018 Jan 18 Classification: Pallasite (ungrouped) History: Found by Luc Labenne in the Los Vientos collection area. Physical characteristics: One stone Petrography: (R. Hewins, S. Pont, B. Zanda, MNHNP) The grain size is about 2-3 mm. Approximately equal quantities of metal, olivine and pyroxene. Fine inclusions of troilite and chromite in the silicates. Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and Geochemistry: (R. Hewins and S. Pont, MNHNP; J. Gattacceca and C. Sonzogni, CEREGE; M. Humayun, FSU […]

18 May 2022
18 May 2022