Thuathe H 4/5 Chondrite Meteorites for Sale
Location:Thuathe, Lesotho, 29° 20'S, 27° 35'E
Fell: 2002 July 21, ~13:49 GMT.
Type: Ordinary Chondrite H4/5
Description: A meteorite travelling east to west exploded over Lesotho producing an elliptical strewn field extending 7.4 by 1.9 km (bearing: ~276°) on the westernmost lobe of the Thuathe (or Berea) Plateau, ~12 km east of the capital city of Maseru (approximate strewnfield apex coordinates: (W) 29°19′31′′S, 27°34′37′′E; (E) 29°19′54′′S, 27°39′19′′E; (N) 29°19′11′′S, 27°37′2′′E; (S) 29°20′14′′S, 27°36′54′′E). The explosion was accompanied by an extraordinarily loud, 15 s long noise which was heard over a large (100 km radius) area of Lesotho; the fall was eye-witnessed by several people who reported sightings of dust trails of “sparkling objects” over Lesotho and the southern part of the Free State Province of South Africa. Many villagers of Ha Ralimo, Boqate Ha Majara, and Boqate Ha Sofonia reported falls of stones close to themselves and onto their homes. The estimated total mass of recovered material is ~30 kg. Mineralogy and classification: most freshly cut slices from several stones show a homogeneous beige to light-grey lithology speckled with abundant and heterogeneously distributed (20% to, in exceptional cases, >50 vol%) metal particles; some are cross cut by dark shock veinlets and show brecciated structure with light grey matrix surrounding lighter colored, well-rounded inclusions; chondrules distinctly recognizable; olivine Fa17.4 ± 0.8; shock stage S2/3.
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|Weight: 99.7 gm||Weight: 133.4 gm||Weight: 275.8 gm|
|Features: Individual 90%
crust (Some thin secondary)
|Features: Individual 90% crust||Features: Individual 99% crust|