[meteorite-list] Fragment of Chelyabinsk Meteor To Go on Display in Vienna

From: Mendy Ouzillou <ouzillou_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:38:43 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <1392143923.45034.YahooMailNeo_at_web162601.mail.bf1.yahoo.com>

Are you kidding me?

Since when is 387g the largest surviving chunk?

International bidding war? On eBay maybe.

Mendy Ouzillou

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> From: Ron Baalke <baalke at zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>
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> http://austriantimes.at/news/General_News/2014-02-11/50457/Largest_surviving_fragment_of_Chelyabinsk_meteor_to_go_on_display_in_Vienna
> Largest surviving fragment of Chelyabinsk meteor to go on display in Vienna
> Austrian Times
> February 11, 2014
> The spectacular meteorite which blew up over the earth after entering
> the atmosphere at an incredible 60 times the speed of sound before exploding
> in a ball of light brighter than the sun is to be put on display at Vienna's
> National History Museum this month.
> Only small parts of the meteorite that exploded 20 miles above the ground
> in Chelyabinsk, in Russia were left and the largest - a 387g chunk - has
> been snapped up by the Austrian museum in an international bidding war.
> It will now go on display in Vienna from 15th February this year.
> The meteorite caused extensive damage and injured around 1,500 people
> when it exploded with the force of 500 kilotons of TNT, which was 20-30
> times more energy than was released from the atomic bomb detonated at
> Hiroshima.
> Treasure hunters immediately descended on the region to look for fragments
> and the Vienna National History Museum was able to acquire the chunk now
> going on display to add to its meteorite collection.
> The object was undetected before its atmospheric entry and its explosion
> created panic among local residents. About 1,500 people were injured seriously
> enough to seek medical treatment.
> All of the injuries were due to indirect effects rather than the meteor
> itself, mainly from broken glass from windows that were blown in when
> the shock wave arrived, minutes after the explosive flash.
> In total, some 7,200 buildings in six cities across the region were damaged
> by the explosion's shock wave.
> With an estimated initial mass of about 12,000 to 13,000 metric tonnes
> and about 20 metres in size, it is the largest known natural object to
> have entered Earth's atmosphere since the 1908 Tunguska event that destroyed
> a wide, remote, forested area of Siberia.
> The Chelyabinsk meteor is also the only meteor confirmed to have resulted
> in a large number of injuries.
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