2018: discovery of the biggest meteorite in France!
The METEORITE of SAINT AUBIN.
Octahedrite Siderite ungrouped IIIAB / France - Other department. 10.
The Saint Aubin meteorite is a Siderite which fell about 50,000 years ago. It was discovered in 1968 by a farmer ploughing his field. At the time, it was a 65 kg fragment. It was only officially recognized in the early 2000s along with 3 other fragments, also found by two other farmers. No new discoveries had been reported in the region since then and only 5 specimens with a total weight of 525 kg accounted for the total fall.
This fieldwork allows to draw up the most important ellipse of fall to date with no less than 123 impact points identified for a total mass recovered close to 6.5 tons. Added to the old discoveries, Saint Aubin is the largest fall ever recorded on our territory with more than 7 tons!
Chemical composition: Iron: approx.88.5%, Nickel: 11.5%, Co: 4 mg/g, P: 2 mg/g, Ir: 0.02 g/g, Ga: 28 g/g, Ge: 83 g/g.
For more information, please check the SAF website:
- Mineral Form/ Type Meteorite
- Iron meteorite
- Engraved side, and polished face, melting rim edge.
- 10 g
- Origin (Region/ City)
- Saint Aubin
- Origin (Country)