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    THIKA METEORITE - SMALL FRAGMENT THAT PUNCTURED AFRICAN GREENHOUSE
    Chondrite - L6
    Kiambu County, Kenya - (1° 0' 10"S, 37° 9' 1"E)
    Thika is yet another meteorite that smashed through a roof, causing a mild panic in the city of Thika, just 40 miles north of Nairobi, Kenya. At 10:00 am on July 16, 2011, several meteorites fell in the Thika area, accompanied by loud explosions and other sonic phenomena. Multiple meteorites fell, including a six-pound specimen that landed a little more than a yard away from a woman tilling her field. The fragment now offered is from a meteorite that crashed through a greenhouse at a flower farm owned by Syngenta AG, a Swiss agribusiness multinational. A worker was almost struck while standing just yards away from where the meteorite shattered on a growing table. Syngenta employees provided meteorite fragments, as well as the punctured greenhouse material, to western meteorite dealers who arrived soon after hearing the news. With one broad face of fusion crust and a creamy matrix, this lot also contains a small portion of the damaged greenhouse canopy. 16 x 11 x 5mm and 1.42 grams.

    Provenance: Michael Farmer Collection, Tucson


    Estimate: $450 - $600.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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