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    MIFFLIN - COMPLETE ORIENTED METEORITE - FRESH FALL FROM 2010
    Ordinary chondrite L5, S1
    Mifflin, Iowa Co, Wisconsin
    On April 14, 2010, a huge fireball was observed streaking across the skies above the American mid-west before the residents of the small township of Mifflin were deafened by thunderous explosions as the meteorite shower hit the Earth. The fall was significant for a number of reasons, first of all being one of the most recent witnessed meteorite showers; not only that, but the fireball was actually photographed from the roof of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Meteorite hunters descended on the site, and a long and thorough search provided a surprisingly small number of stones. Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin of TV's Meteorite Men rushed to Wisconsin, and found three stones, of which only one - this specimen - was oriented. Oriented meteorites are among the rarest of meteorites, and are highly prized by collectors. This oriented specimen, found and featured on camera, is almost entirely covered in a warm black fusion crust with a lovely delicate texture, and a hint of deep red oxidization. In addition, the crust on one small ridge area has broken away, revealing the attractive, highly brecciated interior. A fine example of an already historic fall, it measures approximately 1 7/8 x 1 3/8 x 7/8 inches, 42.0 grams, and is accompanied by a DVD of the television show Meteorite Men, in which episode this very specimen was discovered.

    Discovered by Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin while filming The Science Channel's award-winning series Meteorite Men.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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