LOTS OF THUMBPRINTS! BEST SHAPE! SUPER SCULPTED SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE 125 GMS

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  • Sold Date: Jul 24, 2016
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SIKHOTE-ALIN IRON METEORITE!!!

Fantastic & Famous Witnessed Fall from 1947

Handpicked for Highest Quality!!!

Classification: Iron, IIAB

Fall: February 12th, 1947

L ocation: Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Primorye, Russia

Total Known Weight: Many hundreds of Kilos!!!

Weight: 125 grams!!!

History

At around 10:30 am on February 12, 1947, eyewitnesses in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains , Primorye , Russia, 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 three hundred kilometres around the point of impact not far from Luchegorsk and approximately 440 km northeast of Vladivostok . A smoke trail, estimated at 32 km long, remained in the sky for several hours.

As the meteorite -- traveling at a speed of about 14 km/s -- entered the atmosphere, it began to break apart, and the fragments fell together. At an altitude of about 5.6 km, the largest mass apparently broke up in a violent explosion.

On November 20, 1957 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 Russian artist who witnessed the fall: he was sitting in his window starting a sketch
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