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    PASAMONTE METEORITE - PORTION OF DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN METEORITE FROM THE ASTEROID VESTA
    Eucrite - AEUC
    Union County, New Mexico - (36° 13'N, 103° 24'W)
    This captivating example is from the difficult to obtain Great Pasamonte Fireball of March 24, 1933. The smoke trail that hovered over Union County, New Mexico was estimated to be a mile in diameter and hundreds of miles long. A startled ranch foreman documented Pasamonte's descent in what is now a famous photograph - the first ever of a fireball or its smoke trail. As author O. Richard Norton wrote in Rocks From Space. "Nininger interviewed dozens of witnesses from Kansas to New Mexico, all of whom were certain it had landed 'just over that hill'." After months of investigation, Nininger was finally able to triangulate the precise coordinates of the fall and paid a visit to the Pasamonte Ranch. Unfortunately, he arrived a bit too late: a ranch hand had broken up several of the meteorites, as he believed something valuable was inside.

    Only 4 kilograms of Pasamonte was ever recovered - broken fragments included. Pasamonte is a eucrite and the data provided by NASA's DAWN spacecraft re-affirms that eucrites originate from the asteroid Vesta. A Pasamonte specimen is an outstanding addition to any meteorite collection. This cut fragment features two faces of fusion crust and was catalogued "197.nn" and "A1.2" 25 x 23 x 13mm (1 x 1 x 0.5 inches) and 11.60 grams

    Provenance: Institute of Meteoritics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque


    Estimate: $9,000 - $11,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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