Lot 4012: Chelyabinsk Meteorite
18th October 2018
Desirable Chelyabinsk ordinary chondrite meteorite from the iconic witnessed wall over southern Ural region of Russia on February 15, 2013. The spectacular thumbprinted individual weighs 294.2 grams and measures approximately 100 mm x 55 mm x 35 mm. Every meteorite enthusiast will forever remember the astonishing news of the truly massive fireball and explosions over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February of 2013. It was easily the largest meteoritic event since the Sikhote-Alin fall of 1947. Many of the recovered pieces show impact melt features and a dark grey to nearly black interior. This superbolide was traveling at an astonishing speed of 42,900 mph and generated light brighter than sun. The shock wave from the fireball caused damage to over 7,000 buildings spreading across six cities. A remarkable piece from the most thoroughly documented meteorite fall of all time. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites Inc. and the TV show Meteorite Men, as well as a specimen identification card.
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