Sikhote-Alin meteorite site

Sikhote-Alin meteorite site

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Credit: NASA/VRS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sikhote-Alin meteorite site (centre) seen from space. The Sikhote-Alin meteorite fell at around 10.30am on 12th February 1947, in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Siberia, Russia. A fireball appeared in the north, leaving a trail of smoke and dust in the atmosphere for many kilometres as the meteorite disintegrated. The fragments were scattered over a large area, some making small craters where they landed. This was one of the few iron meteorite falls to be witnessed, and one of the most spectacular. Image taken from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2009.

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Keywords: 2009, 21st century, astronaut photography, astronomical, astronomy, collision, earth, earth observation, from space, impact, iron meteorite, meteorite site, planet, russia, russian, siberia, sikhote alin, sikhote-alin, solar system, space

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