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    MBALE METEORITE - THE URGENTLY HOPED FOR CURE DISPATCHED BY GOD
    Chondrite - L5/6
    Malukhu, Uganda - (1° 4'N, 34° 10'E)
    Prior to the Age of Enlightenment, the phenomenon of rocks falling from the sky was the stuff of myth and magic. Among other beliefs, stones that pierced the heavens were construed to be omens of life, death and, twenty years ago in Uganda: a cure. At 3:40 PM on August 14, 1992, a deafening explosion made the residents of Mbale stop in terror. Suddenly, accompanied by what sounded like gunshots, rocks rained down everywhere. Many of the meteorites struck buildings and even pelted a local prison yard. One meteorite hit a young boy after ricocheting off a banana tree - only the second authenticated case of someone being hit by a meteorite. Mbale was a large meteorite shower - hundreds of pounds were recovered. As this region was being ravaged by AIDS, many Mbale residents believed these stones were a cure for AIDS dispatched by God, and many of the stones were ground into a paste that was either ingested or applied topically. This is a triangular partial slice with rim of fusion crust, and an olivine-rich matrix adorned with sparkling metallic flakes. 86 x 40 x 5mm (3.3 x 1.5 x 0.25 inches) and 42.61 grams.


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    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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