- Meteorite Type: Stone (H5)
- Weight: 6.9 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 23 mm x 17 mm x 16 mm
- Witnessed Fall: Yes
- Additional Information: Fragment exhibiting fusion crust, and a brilliant cracked face showcasing the meteorite’s bright interior
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The sound of the tempest, bone-shattering roars of a bolide thundered over the cold skies above north-central Mexico on December 15 in 1978. The brilliant spectacle could be seen as far as 200 kilometers away as it rained several meteorites in a large 10-kilometer ellipsis a little ways north of the (no-longer-sleeping) village of Nuevo Mercurio. Today, the Nuevo Mercurio strewnfield has produced over 300 individual stones totaling up to about 50 kilograms. This olivine-bronzite chondrite boasts a lasting bold fusion crust and carries with it a reminder of the early Christmas gift of a jolting clap from the cosmos.