A very rare french meteorite, one of the oldest fall also. Sold in a collection box with label/certificate of authenticity.
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47°56’12.7’’N, 0°21’56.7’’E (France)
Fell september 13, 1768
Total mass : about 3.5 kg
Specimen in collection : 0.78 g
Dimensions : 0.9 x 0.7 x 0.4 cm
On September 13, 1768, around 4.30 pm, a meteor was observed near the castle of the Chevallerie, two kilometers west of Grand-Lucé in the Sarthe department. A dull detonation was followed by a hissing sound in the area.
At the same time, at « Périgué* », located 3 leagues from Grand-Lucé, farm workers looked at the sky and saw, coming to them, an opaque mass that fell on « a lawn on the main road to Le Mans ». They found in the ground a big stone, very hot according to their sayings.
The Abbe Bachelay acquired a fragment of the meteorite and sent it to the Paris Academy of Sciences. The institution appointed a commission composed of Auguste-Denis Fougeroux Bonderoy, Louis Claude Cadet Gassicourt and also Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier. They analyzed the meteorite and found rates of 55.5% vitrified earth, 36% iron and 5.5% sulfur, depending on the means techniques and knowledge of the time.
This analysis is considered the first to have been ever performed on a meteorite ; however, scientists concluded that it was a terrestrial rock, « a pyritic sandstone » and that it « does not have its origin in thunder, that it did not fall from heaven, that it was not formed either by mineral matter melted by the fire of thunder. »
* I suppose it’s Parigné, a village located 11 kilometers (about 3 leagues) from Grand Lucé, on the road to Le Mans.