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    SIKHOTE-ALIN - MATCHLESS IRON METEORITE FROM
    THE LARGEST METEORITE SHOWER SINCE THE DAWN OF
    CIVILIZATION

    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia

    This is a meteorite that will never cease to amaze and enthrall. It originates from what had to be among the most frightening natural phenomena ever experienced: the largest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization. Accompanied by terrifying sonic detonations, it was at 10.30 AM on February 12, 1947 that the sky seemed ablaze above the Sikhote-Alin Mountains of Siberia. The monumental forces exerted on this meteorite as it rocketed through Earth's atmosphere
    are amply evident; blanketed with fusion crust and regmaglypts (the aerodynamic thumbprints which result from its fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere), this crescent-shaped meteorite was shorn from a larger mass before its solo descent to Earth. This meteorite was traveling at a cosmic velocity of 10-20 miles/second before atmospheric frictional heating acted as the hottest of torches sculpting this meteorite into the compelling object presently offered. At the bottom of the meteorite as well as on the reverse, thumbprints are seen whose process of formation was interrupted when the meteorite hit terminal velocity; the atmospheric smoothing of its previously jagged, ripped surface is incomplete-but just barely. A close examination of the surface details mesmerize. This is a superlative example of a cataclysmic event frozen in time, from the most
    terrifying meteorite shower of modern times. A prized specimen on a custom armature from The Macovich Collection of Meteorites. 137 x 77 x 48 mm (5.25 x 3 x 2 inches) and 1094 grams (2.5 pounds)


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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