Nantan Meteorite

Nantan Meteorite

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Model:  meteorite_nantan

Sourced from Spacerocks UK

We source our meteorites from David Bryant at Spacerocks UK. David has been a meteorite specialist for over 15-years and is a well known and respected figure in the industry - you might have met him at an event or attended one of his talks.

Spacerocks UK are also members of the prestigious International Meteorite Collectors Association (IMCA) so offer a lifetime guarantee of authenticity with all of their meteorites.

If you are looking for something larger or more unique than the meteorites offered here please contact us, we will do our best to source something suitable.

Nice sized pieces of the Nantan iron meteorite that fell in Nantan, Guangxi, China in 1516 presented in an acrylic display box.

This is a group III-CD iron meteorite classed as a coarse octahedrite.

These make fantastic gifts for astronomers and people interested in space - children and adults alike!

Please note - meteorites are unique and come in different shapes and sizes. We have photographed a number intended to represent the meteorite you receive but the actual meteorite and packaging will differ slightly from those photographed. The price displayed is for a single meteorite. The grey cube in photo is 1cm. 

This meteorite was recorded to have fallen in Nantan County of Guangxi Province, China in June of 1516 during the Ming Dynasty. Witnesses reported it came from the north-west, waling like snakes and dragons with a light as bright as lightning then disappeared in seconds.

Even though the fall was recorded at the time it was ignored until 1958 when China needed lots of steel for constructing 'New China'. Everyone was told to look for iron ore. During this time even the cooking woks were melted down to produce steel. Meanwhile the farmers in Nantan County felt lucky to find heavy rocks rich in iron. Unfortunately the 'iron rocks' would not melt. This puzzled the people causing them to send a report to the Chinese central government. Geologists arrived to inspect the rocks and discovered that they were in fact, iron meteorites.

The meteorite impacted near Lihu Town and the Ladan and Baya area. It was distributed in a north-westerly direction over an area 27-28km long and 8km wide. The Nantan meteorite appears to have broken up in the air as pieces of it ranging from 10grams to over 2,000kg are found scattered over an area of about 400 square miles. Pieces are found with a variety of shapes and textures. It is currently estimated that the total mass was about 9,500kg.

This is a group III-CD iron meteorite classed as a coarse octahedrite, with strong crystalline Widmanstatten patters on polished slices.

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