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

    The next four lots originate from what was among the most frightening natural phenomena ever experienced: the largest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization. According to eyewitness accounts, the sky appeared on fire while seemingly unzipping apart, a nightmarish vision further punctuated by terrifying sonic 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 miraculously, no one was injured, as the impact area was largely unpopulated. This is a choice, animated specimen from this historic event which features a much-desired naturally formed hole. The aerodynamically formed regmaglypts (thumbprints) and the perforation itself are proof that this specimen experienced an extended solitary descent to Earth (unlike the next lot), sculpted by Earth's upper atmosphere by temperatures hotter than surface of the sun (~10,000° F). A charming artifact from an Earth-shaking event. 39 x 34 x 24 mm (1.5 x 1.3 x 1 inches) and 85.1 grams.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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