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    L'AIGLE METEORITE - SUPERB EXAMPLE FROM AN HISTORIC METEORITE SHOWER
    Chondrite - L6
    Normandy, France - (48° 46'N, 0° 38'E)
    At 1:00 PM on April 26, 1803, l'Aigle forever became among the most historic meteorites. The popular acceptance that rocks could fall out of the sky did not occur until French scientists embraced the l'Aigle phenomenon of April 26, 1803 in Southern Normandy as indisputable fact - which they did. This acceptance did not travel well to the New World; following news of the l'Aigle meteorite shower, Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend,"I find nothing surprising about the rain of stones in France. There are in France more real philosophers than in any country on Earth; but there are also a great proportion of pseudo-philosophers there. The reason is the exuberant imagination of a Frenchman gives him greater facility of writing, and runs away with his judgment unless he has a good stock of it. It even creates facts for him which never happened, and he tells them with good faith."

    In this instance, President Jefferson was mistaken. This particular "fact" is accompanied by two antique catalog cards dating from the specimen's inclusion in important German and Russian collections. The specimen itself bears an antique parchment label on which is written "Meteorite which fell in l'Aigle in Normandy in a shower of 3000 April 1808 20(54)." The event occurred in 1803 and it would appear a "3" morphed into an "8" in the source material used by the label's author. A richly evocative example of one of the most important meteorites in history. 54 x 24 x 28 mm (2.1 x 1 x 1.1 inches) and 74.4 grams.

    Provenance: Russian Academy of Sciences, Kazan


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    October, 2012
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