Chelyabinsk Meteorite Fragment
As Seen By Thousands! On February 15th, 2013 at 3:20 UTC, a hunk of chondrite the size of a double-decker bus slammed into the Earth's atmosphere at roughly Mach 60. No doubt you saw all the YouTube videos. The shockwave generated from the heat of entering the Earth's atmosphere shattered the bolide into fragments with a detonation 20 times more powerful than Hiroshima. The blast rocked the million-plus inhabitants of Chelyabinsk in southwestern Russia, when the fireball, burning brighter than the sun in the mid-morning sky, exploded. Windows were shattered, and fragile factory walls crumbled in the wake of the pressure wave. More than 1000 people were sent to the hospital, mostly from lacerations from debris and flying glass. The locals thought they were under missile attack. Bits from the falling space-boulder fell from the blast, and landed in the countryside surrounding Chelyabinsk, and the more entrepreneurial farmers looked for small holes in the fresh snowfall. Digging down with frozen hands, they found pebble-sized fragments and quietly sold them to interests outside the country. By the end of the month, the Russian authorities banned the export of the meteor's fragments, but not before several hundred pounds had already found their ways into the hands of collectors. One of those collectors worked with ThinkGeek to specially package a few hundred of these fragments specifically for you. Own a piece of Earth history! Features and Specifications 2 to 3 mg piece of the meteor that exploded over Russian on 2/15/2013. Collected by hand and exported before the Russian export-ban. Mounted in a handsome collectors box.
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