97 Gram Sikhote Alin Russian Meteorite Collector Grade

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  • Sold Date: Mar 19, 2013
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97 gram Sikhote-Alin Meteorite

At around 10:30 on 12 February 1947, eyewitnesses in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains , Primorye , Soviet Union, observed a large bolide brighter than the Sun that came out of the north and descended at an angle of about 41 degrees. The bright flash and the deafening sound of the fall were observed for 300 kilometres (190 mi) around the point of impact not far from Luchegorsk and approximately 440 km (270 mi) northeast of Vladivostok . A smoke trail, estimated at 32 km (20 mi) long, remained in the sky for several hours.

As the meteor, traveling at a speed of about 14 km/s (8.7 mi/s), entered the atmosphere, it began to break apart, and the fragments fell together. At an altitude of about 5.6 km (3.5 mi), the largest mass apparently broke up in a violent explosion called air burst .

On November 20, 1957 [4] the Soviet Union issued a stamp for the 10th anniversary of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite shower. It reproduces a painting by P. J. Medvedev, a Soviet artist who witnessed the fall: he was sitting in his window starting a sketch when the fireball appeared, so he immediately began drawing what he saw. [5]

Item Size = 5.5 x 3 x 1.8 cm

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