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THUATHE H4 METEORITE - 16.8 GRAM FRAGMENT
The Thuathe Meteorite in this product is shown in the photo below above. The specimen weighs 16.8 grams and has some nice fresh black crust on it. Meteorite will come with a description card. Several photos of the specimen are shown below. See my other products for more meteorites.
The Thuathe Meteorite fell July 21, 2002 in the Thuathe Plateau in Lesotho. Classified as an H4-5 meteorite, the matrix of the meteorite is gray with golden brown spots. Metal specks sprinkled throughout. Many stones fell on the plateau and the fall was witnessed by thousands of people. Creating a strewn field extending 7.4 by 1.9 km (4.9 x 1.26 miles). The following reports were printed in a newsletter of a college only 15km away from the fall.Village Headman Mph Moseme gave a particularly graphic account of what happened. "On the afternoon of 21 July, he was walking back from the village of Baruting towards Ha Ratimo, passing between the Monyake Dam and Ha Ralimo's outlying settlement, Motsekuoa, wihc is near the tarred road. There was quite unexpectedly a very loud noise in the sky and he saw flames (malakabe) in the sky a few seconds later. Between 1 and 2 minutes later, according to his estimate, he heard the noise of a huge splash in the Monyake Dam, with waves spreading out from where something had fallen in. A moment later a rock crashed in front of him. He started running but did not know which direction to run as more rocks hit the ground, one of then less than ten meters away. It appears that four different rocks gave him a near miss within a few seconds of each other. He was relieved to get home unseathed. The next day, having established that doomsday had in fact been postponed, and indeed that providence might instead have favored the village with diamonds from heaven, he went back to the point where he had apparently been targeted from space, and picked up some of the meteorites, the largest which had embedded itself in a ploughed field to a depth of 'about half the height of a man'. It was an irregular black rock with a maximum diameter of about 15 cm, and with a mass estimated to be between the masses of 2.5kg and 5 kg bags of mealie meal or sugar, thus about 3 or 4 kg. Curious about its interior, he cracked it open with a sledgehammer."Malineo Mantsoe of IIa Sofonia describes her experience: When the loud noise occurred overhead, she ran to the back of her dwelling expecting to see a thunderstorm, but there was none. She came to the front, just in time to hear wheeee-bang as a stone fell into her cooking area just in front of her, cracking one of her water carriers. No villager could have thrown a stone so fast in daylight, and it must have been a truly powerful thokolost to have done such a thing in broad daylight! Fortunately she was prepared for such occasions, because she had a supply of holy water blessed in church. She sprinkled it on the stone and elsewhere around her cooking area and house, and it worked! No more stones fell.
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