Chelyabinsk Impact Display, Meteorite Sample and Shockwave Glass Artifact

This handsome display features a sample of the Chelyabinsk meteorite encased in a removable specimen capsule. The specimen is set against a color photo of a lead factory building in Russia that was destroyed by the impact shockwave. This display also contains a shard of window glass that was shattered by the meteorite's shockwave.

On February 15, 2013, a spectacular bolide streaked across the sky of Siberia and the town of Chelyabinsk. The bolide was so big and bright, that many people ran to their windows to look at it - a minute later a massive shockwave from the impact slammed the city, causing major damage. A factory wall collapsed and thousands of windows were broken by the pressure. Thousands of people were injured by flying glass and debris.

This was the most devastating meteorite impact in Russia since Tunguska nearly a century ago. Unlike Tunguska (which was likely an icy comet), the Chelyabinsk meteorite was made of dense stone, so many fragments and meteorites survived the impact and are scattered across a large strewnfield. Currently, it is winter in Siberia, and all of the easy to find stones have been recovered. After the spring thaw melts the snow, more specimens will be recovered, but they will not be as fresh and pristine as these recent stones that were collected before the coming thaw.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a display like the one shown. Note, your samples may differ slightly in appearance from those shown - each sample is unique.

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