Sikhote-Alin Meteorite — Matchless Complete Meteorite from the Largest Meteorite Shower Since the Dawn of Civilization
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Sikhote-Alin Meteorite — Matchless Complete Meteorite from the Largest Meteorite Shower Since the Dawn of Civilization
Sold for US$ 3,480 inc. premium
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Sikhote-Alin Meteorite — Matchless Complete Meteorite from the Largest Meteorite Shower Since the Dawn of Civilization
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Sikhote-Alin Meteorite — Matchless Complete Meteorite from the Largest Meteorite Shower Since the Dawn of Civilization
Iron, coarse octahedrite
Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia

This splendid meteorite originates from a terrifying phenomenon: the largest meteorite shower in recorded human history—and it is nearly as pristine today as when it fell to Earth. It was at 10:30 AM on February 12, 1947 that the Sikhote-Alin fireball streaked across the Sikhote-Alin Mountains and reportedly cast moving shadows in broad daylight, as it was brighter than the sun. The finest features of a freshly fallen meteorite are in evidence. Blanketed with a charcoal fusion crust with chrome highlights, a sea of regmaglypts (the thumbprints found along the meteorite's surface created during the fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere) accent the meteorite's surface. One prominent socket and an adjacent furrow at the meteorite's perimeter further animate this naturally sculpted, extraterrestrial form. Moreover, the elevation of each of the ridges is the same, evidence that this meteorite was part of a larger mass that snapped across a crystalline plane. The monumental forces exerted on this meteorite are richly evident on the reverse as well, where the meteorite yet again broke along a crystalline plane—but with a fascinating twist: on the obverse the cleaved surface was softened by thumbprinting, yet the reverse features telltale evidence of shearing during the final stages of flight where a slightly jagged surface texture is markedly different than the surrounding area. Meteorites exhibiting this much character are extremely rare and much sought after. Superior in every way, this animated angular example evidences a cataclysmic event frozen in time—and it also happens to be from the largest—and one of the most historic—meteorite showers ever. From the Macovich Collection of Meteorites, the world's finest collection of aesthetic iron meteorites.
Measures 111 x 81 x 49mm (4.5 x 3 x 2 inches) and 1304
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