Wold Cottage meteorite landing site, 1812

Wold Cottage meteorite landing site, 1812

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Wold Cottage meteorite landing site, artwork. This stony meteorite fell to Earth at Wold Cottage, Scarborough, UK. Its fall was observed at about 3pm on 13 December 1795. The 7.6-metre-tall obelisk marking the landing site (left) was erected in 1799 by Major Edward Topham (1751-1820), who owned the land on which the meteorite had fallen. The meteorite, later classified as an L6 chondrite, weighed 25 kilograms. It was acquired by the British Museum in 1835. This 1812 pen-and-ink sketch by Dutch artist Gerrit van Spaendonck (1746-1822) is part of the Sowerby Collection, the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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