Meteorite Shrapnel Fragment, 19.30 Grams, Sikhote-Alin Mountains, USSR, 1947, MET10290
This is a great meteorite shrapnel fragment from the Sikhote Alin meteorite from the Soviet Union, 1947.
Weight 19.30 grams
Length 26.14 mm
Width 21.51 mm
Thickness 15.49 mm
25.4 mm equate to 1 inch.
The Sikhote-Alin meteorite is classified as an iron meteorite belonging to the chemical group IIAB and with a coarse octahedrite structure.
It is composed of approximately 93% iron, 5.9% nickel, 0.42% cobalt, 0.46% phosphorus, and 0.28% sulfur, with trace amounts of germanium and iridium.
Minerals present include taenite, plessite, troilite, chromite, kamacite, and schreibersite.
At 10:30 A.M. 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 kilometers (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 an air burst.
Sikhote-Alin is a massive fall with the overall size of the meteoroid estimated at approximately 90,000 kg (200,000 lb).
A more recent estimate by Tsvetkov (and others) puts the mass at around 100,000 kg (220,000 lb).
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