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Youndegin   contributed by Wendy Swartz   MetBul Link

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909 kg   Iron, IAB-MG

TKW 3.8 tons. Fall not observed. Found 1884 in Australia.

About the Natural History Museum, Vienna:

It is the policy of the NHM to allow visitors to photograph the exhibits, but only for personal use. Pictures cannot be used for commercial purposes without written permission. Happily, the MPOD is in the personal use category.

Dr. Ludovic Ferriere is the Curator of the Meteorite Collection (since November 2018) and also the Curator of the Impactite Collection (since September 2019).

The museum is forbidden by law to sell any part of the collection and they have ceased trading, so they are dependent on donations of material and money to expand the collection. For more information:

Wendy writes:
The Youndegin displayed here is the second-largest known fragment of this find and is the largest specimen in the Vienna Meteorite Collection.

I visited the Vienna Natural History Museum (NHM) in May of this year. The NHM has the largest meteorite display in the world. I felt like a kid in a candy store when I entered the Hall of Meteorites :)

The Meteorite Hall has been completely revamped and provides a stunning experience. In conjunction with the re-opening of the Hall, the NHM published a book about its meteorite collection (photo 2). Naturally, it has lots of first-rate photos. Check it out here.

Dr. Ludovic Ferriere was kind enough to give me a behind-the-scenes tour on a day when the museum was closed. He told me there are about 1,100 specimens of 650 different meteorites on exhibit, which represents 12% of the collection.

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Graham Macleod
 10/8/2015 8:27:25 PM
A great historical meteorite and I am glad this beautiful piece is held in the Vienna Meteorite Collection. The main mass of Youndegin is 2626kg and is retained in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Great photo and post.
Colonel Pulaerko
 10/8/2015 10:31:35 AM
Wendy Swartz
 10/8/2015 8:07:00 AM
This spectacular piece had at least 4 nice holes to peek through. You can see a few in photo one. But I especially love how it looks like an alien in photo 2 - very much like the Slitheen from Doctor Who. :)
Frank Carroll
 10/8/2015 6:36:23 AM
That is a very good photograph. The lighting in the museum is not kind to cameras! Amazing piece for sure especially in person My wife has a picture of me holding it above my head but for some reason we cannot find it!!
Ray Watts
 10/8/2015 5:40:29 AM
Very nice / would look great in My collection .
Ian Macleod
 10/8/2015 2:30:28 AM
 10/8/2015 2:29:21 AM
Thank you for sharing!
Steve sutton
 10/8/2015 2:17:11 AM
Wow awesome specimen!!!!!!!
John Hope
 10/8/2015 2:16:02 AM
Amazing, thanks very much for posting Wendy.

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