Carancas Meteorite

 

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We have small fragments of Carancas meteorite for sale in our online store.  The Carancas meteorite was a witnessed fall at Puno, Peru on September 15, 2007.  This meteorite is classified as a chondrite H4-5.

On September 15, 2007 a meteoroid entered the atmosphere over Lake Titicaca near the border of Peru and Bolivia. But, this was a most unusual event even for meteoroids. Normally a body the size of this one would detonate from the stresses of its tremendous velocity and the air pressure against it. This body however, appears to have been traveling at a strangely slow speed for a cosmic body. It reached the ground intact and created a crater something not normally done by chondrite meteorites. In doing so it destroyed itself into only small pieces. Carancas is a H4-5 type and quite friable. This crumbliness is also hard to explain for a body that reached the ground in one piece. This crater forming chondrite is certainly one of the most interesting new meteorites available for collectors.

August 10, 2014 1:56 pm

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