Sikhote-Alin Meteorite 8.3kg


Approximate Dimensions: 6″ x 5.5″ x 5″
Additional Information: Sometimes in the meteorite business we come across a piece so spectacular that it has to be hidden away, away from public eye, until a special moment in time; that time is now. As such, we are pleased to present the best of the best, an 8.3-kilogram Sikhote-Alin shrapnel piece with natural patina—added bonus. Aerolite’s founder said we have never offered a piece that had multiple impacts pits prior to this one. Those curious, crater-shaped depressions tell a truly fascinating story; as we often see in iron meteorites, the stories of their descent to our planet can be read in their features, if you know where to look. Like a book written in a special language, these characteristics, frozen in time and iron, can tell scientists and collectors exhilarating tales of their violent arrival.

In this case, we hypothesize that this museum-worthy specimen would have undergone an early, high-altitude fragmentation. Such a phenomenon would have allowed the piece to be impacted by smaller Sikhote-Alin meteorites while it was falling to Earth. We believe, because of this, that it began to acquire some of the characteristics we see in individuals, like the beginnings of more rounded features.

We invite you all to join us and revel at the detail and nuance of this particular Sikhote-Alin’s story—and what a spectacle it must have been!

See 360 video below.

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To date, the Sikhote-Alin fall is the largest witnessed meteorite shower in modern times. The famous fall landed in Russia at 10:38 am on February 12, 1947. That morning an estimated 70-ton mass blasted through Earth’s warm atmosphere at speeds of 25,000 mph or more. During its flight, experts estimate the surface of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite reached at least 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

As the mass hurtled closer to our planet’s crust, the pressure of ever-denser air forced it to shear and fracture along its crystalline planes, causing a monumental aerial explosion that was heard by human observers on the ground. The shockwave reportedly knocked over forest workers as twisted shards of metal rained down among snowy pines.

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Weight 3.9 g


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