Primorskiy kray, Russia (46° 9' 36"N, 134° 39' 12"E)
Dimensions (height x width x depth): 4 ½ x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in. (11.4 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm)
Provenance: Geoffrey Notkin / Aerolite Meteorites Inc.
While the Chelyabinsk fall in Russia in 2013 is the best documented meteorite event, the Sikhote-Alin fall of February 12, 1947 is the largest in recorded history. Thousands of masses ranging in size from 1 gram or less to 1,745 kg landed among pine-covered hills in a remote area of eastern Siberia. Individuals acquired regmaglypts (thumbprints) and other surface features during flight, while shrapnel specimens, such as the one presented here, exploded at a lower altitude and show angular features reminiscent of bomb fragments — hence the name. This Sikhote-Alin fragment has been suspended in a polished Lucite pyramid. Dubbed the ‘Space Pyramid,’ it is an original design by Aerolite Meteorites and only about thirty were produced. It is an unusual and appealing meteorite collectible measuring 4 ½ x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in. (height x width x depth).