Sikhote alin was a very large meteorite fall that occurred on February 12, 1947 at 10.30am in the Primorskiy Region, Sihotaulin Mountains of eastern Siberia. It was witnessed by many people who reported a fireball brighter than the sun that came out of the north, descending at an angle of about 41 degrees. The noise of the explosion was heard 300km away. It left a cloud of dust and fume 30km in length which was visible for several hours. The largest fragment weighs 1.75 ton and is on display in Moscow. The sikhote alin meteorite is one of the few iron meteorites. It has been studied extensively by many Universities and may also be found in several museum collections.
The Sikhote Alin is an iron meteorite, often smaller with well-formed divots or thumb-like indents on them. The pieces are classified 2 different ways. The first is known as the regmaglypted specimen, known for its thumb-printed surface. These pieces show the fusion crust and signs of atmospheric ablation. These likely broke off the main object early in the descent. Conversely, the second type is the shrapnel or fragmented specimens, which boast sharped-edged pieces of torn metal, showing evidence of violent fragmentation. The fragments were either torn apart during the atmospheric explosions or blasted apart upon impact on the frozen ground.
As this meteorite is composed mostly of iron, care must be taken to prevent the piece from rusting. Direct exposure to water is not recommended. Oil the piece regularly with mineral oil or olive oil. Do not leave the piece laying around on wet surfaces.
Enjoy your meteorite as it is a piece of the history of the universe. It is a truly unique collector’s piece, and it may be enjoyed for years to come. Your meteorite should last a lifetime, as it is already billions of years old.
- Dimensions: 48 mm x 12 mm x 8 mm
- Genuine meteorite
- This item includes an information card about the meteorite
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item
This meteorite requires special care - due to its high iron content, exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, may cause the meteorite to rust over time. If you polish the meteorite, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.