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    SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE "SHRAPNEL"
    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
    2 x 1.7 x 1.1 inches (5.08 x 4.32 x 2.79 cm)

    While the total mass of the Sikhote-Alin Meteorite was no doubt tremendous, even the portion that made it through the atmosphere to the Earth's surface has been estimated in tonnage. Fortunately, even the smallest of fragments from that widely-witnessed fall are significant and have certain value. This golf ball sized "shrapnel" example, weighing in at a stout 185 grams, has an interesting duality. It has a craggy, crenelated surface on one side, yet, in a sharp contrast, it has a smooth, almost molten surface on the other side. This piece of the coarsest octahedrite from space sits perfectly on its own.




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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    30th Thursday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 5
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