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    Sikhote-Alin - From the Largest Meteorite Shower Since the Dawn of Civilization, A Complete Meteorite with a Naturally Formed Hole
    Iron, Coarse Octahedrite - IIAB
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia (46°09'36"N, 134° 39'12"E)
    Witnessed Fall: 12 February 1947 10:30 am local time


    Iron Meteorites originate from the molten iron core of what was a "protoplanet" between Mars and Jupiter which broke apart during the birth of our solar system. This complete Meteorite originates from the largest Meteorite shower in recorded history-and one of the most frightening natural phenomena ever witnessed. Descending over Siberia's Sikhote-Alin Mountains at 10:30 AM on February 12, 1947, the enormous Sikhote-Alin fireball resulted in tons of material raining down upon the snowy terrain. Craters were created, trees were impaled, and, miraculously, no one was injured as the Meteorite fell 60 kilometers from the closest village. Witnesses reported that it seemed as if the sky was suddenly on fire; a nightmarish vision of a churning, tortured sky followed by a tremendous explosion and shock waves. This complete meteorite offering originated from this event. Archetypal aerodynamic thumbprints result in charcoal recesses accented by bright highlights providing a play of shadow and light over the entire piece. This Meteorite also features a rare, naturally-formed hole and is a fascinating example from the largest recorded Meteorite shower of all time.
    Overall Measurements: 3.31 x 1.75 x 0.79 inches (8.41 x 4.44 x 2.01 cm), weighs 147.6 gm (5.2 oz.)
    Offered at no reserve.


    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    3rd Thursday
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