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Shrapnel from the Sikhote-Alin Meteorite

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The Sikhote-Alin meteorite fell during daylight at 10:38 local time on February 12, 1947 in Russia. Eyewitnesses reported a fireball that was brighter than the sun. The meteorite left a trail of smoke and dust up to 32 kilometers long, which remained visible for several hours.

Explosion with a lot of debris

The speed of the meteorite is estimated at 14.5 kilometers per second or 52,200 kilometers per hour. About 5.5 km altitude the meteorite exploded with a huge blast and scattered debris in the surrounding area. The impact of the Sikhote - Alin meteorite is one of the most spectacular in the written history of mankind.


The Sikhote-Alin meteorite is classified as group IIB, 5.9% Ni, 0.42% Co, 0.46% P, about 0.28% S, 52 ppm Ga, 161 ppm Ge, 0:03 ppm ir. Wher the remaining part of the meteorite is from iron.