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Sikhote-Alin Meteorite 226

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Sikhote-Alin meteorites, primarily made up of iron, come from the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in eastern Siberia.  These fragments are part of what was at the time, the largest iron meteorite fall ever recorded where an estimated 70 tons of material survived the 1947 entry.

The Sikhote-Alin fell on February 12, 1947 at around 10:30am and was observed by many eyewitnesses as a large bolide brighter than the Sun.  As it entered, a bright flash and booming sound was observed over an almost 300-mile area.  As the meteorite entered the atmosphere, it began to break apart and at about 3.5-miles up the largest mass broke apart in a violent explosion.  It is believed that this low altitude break-up is the cause for its relatively small strewn field, which is only about a half a square mile.

The Sikhote-Alin fall is believed to be one of the most spectacular ever seen and one of a very few recent iron meteorite falls.

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