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Almahata Sitta   contributed by Siegfried Haberer, IMCA 3774   MetBul Link

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Photos by Vincent Haberer, IMCA 6960.  
6.85 grams. 18 x 16 x 12 mm.   Ureilite-an

TKW 3.95 kg.

Pre-Earth-encounter size estimated to be 4.1 meters in diameter and 80,000 kilograms.
Observed approach: 6 October 2008

Observed fall: 7 October 2008

First found: 6 December 2008, Nahr an Nil, Nubian Desert, Sudan.

Many stones from this fall have been classified, with a wide variety of results - Ureilite, polymict, anomalous; bencubbin; EH 4/5; and EL 3.

From the MetBul:
On October 6, 2008, a small asteroid called 2008 TC3 was discovered by the automated Catalina Sky Survey 1.5 m telescope at Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona, and found to be on a collision course with Earth. Numerous astronomical observatories followed the object until it entered the Earth’s umbra at Oct. 7.076 UTC the next day. The astrometric position of 295 observations of 2008 TC3 over the period Oct. 6.278 to Oct. 7.063 was used to calculate the approach trajectory over the impact location in northern Sudan. The object exploded at a high ~37 km altitude over the Nubian Desert, and as a result the meteorites are spread over a large area. A search was organized by the University of Khartoum on Dec. 2–9, led by P. Jenniskens (SETI Institute) and M. H. Shaddad (Khartoum).


Siegfried writes:
Almahata Sitta Coarse-grained ureilite MS-209.

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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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Anne Black
 2/10/2020 7:18:20 PM
Yes quite a story and now some fragments are right here in Tucson the place of its discovery
John Divelbiss
 2/10/2020 4:06:28 PM
nice...I even see some crust "blue-ing" on this piece.
jim brady
 2/10/2020 2:32:31 PM
gorgeous---and w2hat a story on this one
 2/10/2020 12:50:51 PM
Hello Graham, Matthias, Peter and Andreas, I like it, that you are appreciate that beautyfull fall from Almahata Sitta too. Thank you for your Response. Hello Mike, Vincent and Siegfried Haberer father and son Siegfried introduce us some years ago in ensisheim
Michael farmer
 2/10/2020 8:20:35 AM
I don*t understand. I*d your name Siegfried or Vincent?
Graham Ensor
 2/10/2020 4:28:19 AM
Great reminder of a fabulous fall Seigfried/Vincent.
 2/10/2020 4:16:12 AM
Great photos, Pablo! To be serious: what a marvellous little-big stone of the Ureilite fraction of AS. Congrats!
Peter Marmet
 2/10/2020 3:44:26 AM
Cool photos, Vincent!
Andreas Ruh
 2/10/2020 1:44:59 AM
Nice photos, Siegfried.


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