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    Sikhote-Alin Meteorite
    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

    This splendidly shaped Meteorite originates from what was among the most frightening natural phenomena ever experienced: the largest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization. It was 10:30 in the morning on February 12, 1947 when the sky seemed ablaze above Siberia's Sikhote-Alin Mountains. This frightening vision was accompanied by terrifying sonic detonations; local inhabitants were even fearful the world was coming to an end. One side of this Meteorite is covered with numerous ridges, folds, and regmaglypts (tiny thumbprints found on the Meteorite's surface created during the fiery plunge through the Earth's atmosphere). The reverse exhibits abundant evidence this Meteorite was ripped apart along its crystalline plane as it rocketed to Earth. The shorn edges were softened by further superheating. This is a superlative example of a cataclysmic event frozen in time - from one of the most terrifying Meteorite showers of modern times.
    Overall Measurements: 3.21 x 2.44 x 1.65 inches (8.16 x 6.20 x 4.20 cm), weighs 512.2 gm (18.06 oz.)

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

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    2nd Thursday
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