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    TABOR METEORITE - PARTIAL SLICE OF HISTORIC 18th CENTURY EUROPEAN WITNESSED FALL
    H5 - Brecciated Chondrite
    Jihocesky Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic

    This is a partial slice of one of the most historic meteorites of all time. Tabor fell in the early evening of July 3, 1753 following the typical visual and sonic phenomena associated with a fireball. Scientists at the time, however, believed Tabor originated either from a volcano or was formed as a result of a bolt of lightning-and it was a half a century before scientists agreed that stones could fall from the heavens. Even in 1794 renowned physicist Ernst Chladni was ridiculed for his extensively researched proposition of Tabor's extraterrestrial origin. Tabor was one of the first two meteorites to become part of Vienna's Natural History Museum's collection of meteorites-which today stands as one of the premier meteorite collections in the world. With a small patch of fusion crust and loaded with flecks of nickel iron suspended in its tan matrix, Tabor's stature is enhanced further still as a result of so little material having been recovered, and far less still available in the private sector.
    It measures 17 x 14 x 1mm (.66 x .5 x .1 inches) and weighs 0.617 grams.


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