About this product
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, small pieces of the Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite that fell in the Maritime Territory of Russia, February 12th, 1947.
Classified as a coarse octahedrite IIB these are supplied in an acrylic display box.
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 Storm Trooper is not included ;-)
The Sikhote-Alin meteorite fall was a massive impact event that occurred on February 12, 1947, approximately 440 km northeast of Vladivostok, Russia.
The fall of this meteorite occurred in the daytime, and was observed by many eyewitnesses. This observational data allowed V. G. Fesenkov, chairman of the meteorite committee of the USSR Academy of Science, to compute the orbit of the original body. It is most likely that the former orbit of the Sikhote-Alin meteoroid is similar to that of many other small bodies of the solar system. It is ellipse-shaped, and its point of greatest distance from the sun lies within the asteroid belt. This suggests that the creation of the meteoroid, and its subsequent passage to earth, was precipitated by the collision of two asteroids.
The Sikhote-Alin meteorite fell in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Primorye, Russia, near the village of Paseka (approximately 440 km northeast of Vladivostok) on the morning of February 12, 1947. At around 10:30 am that morning, witnesses reported a fireball brighter than the sun that came out of the north, descending at an angle of about 41 degrees. The bright flash and the deafening sound of the fall were observed for three hundred kilometres around the point of impact.
Fragments of this meteorite are either shattered and twisted ‘shrapnel’ pieces or – much rarer – complete, oriented individuals
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