[meteorite-list] AD: Saratov Specimens
From: Jason Phillips <jnbran1_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2020 13:07:24 -0400
Hello Meteorite Efficietados,
Saratov, Russia Synonyms: Belaya Gora, Donguz, Saratow
Fall: September 6, 1918
Coordinates: 52?33'N, 46?33'E
Chondrite, type L4
Saratov is one of the most underrated falls, having landed on earth a
little over a century ago. This fall occurred on September 6, 1918, at
15:00 hours UT. A brilliant fireball appeared over Ryazan, Russia.
Seconds later many atmospheric detonations were heard throughout the
surrounding countryside. Startled by a bright flash, peasants all over the
northern area of Saratov Oblast looked up to what appeared to be a group of
fireballs to the west in a shallow arc. The sighting was followed by what
was described as ?a powerful roar?, perceived by some as the Last
Judgement. Several stones totaling 328 kg were recovered near Belaya Gora
The 2492 gram and 360 gram specimens came from Wayne Walton collection,
famous NASA researcher who worked with the lunar rocks from the Apollo 11
and 14 missions. Both of these specimens have hand painted collection
The second 360 gram piece is from the collection of Allan Lang. This
specimen is a beautifully fusion crusted thick slice.
Numerous research articles have been done with Saratov centered around
nobel gases, chondrule porosity, shock metamorphism, and several other
features of this very interesting meteorite.
Price for the large specimen is $2.50/gram and the two smaller specimens
are $3.50/gram. Please contact me for pictures or if you have any
Rocks from Heaven Collection
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