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    SIKHOTE-ALIN - COMPLETE METEORITE WITH HOLE FROM THE BIGGEST METEORITE SHOWER OF THE LAST SEVERAL THOUSAND YEARS
    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Maritime Territory, Siberia

    The following 4 lots originated from one of the most frightening natural phenomena ever experienced: the largest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization. According to eyewitness accounts, the sky appeared to be on fire while unzipping apart, a nightmarish vision punctuated by terrifying detonations. It was at 10.30 AM on February 12, 1947 that the sky was briefly ablaze above Siberia's Sikhote-Alin Mountains. Craters were created, trees were impaled, yet no one was injured as the impact area was unpopulated. This is a choice, animated specimen from this historic meteorite shower. Featuring both a rare and sought-after naturally formed hole as well as aerodynamically formed regmaglypts (thumbprints) - proof that this specimen was sculpted by frictional heating in our upper atmosphere at temperatures hotter than surface of the sun (~10,000° F). Now offered is a captivating palm-sized extraterrestrial example from an historic impact event. 49 x 33 x 27 mm (2 x 1¼ x 1 inches) and 83 grams.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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