Killeter
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Following the sound of detonations, the Killeter meteorite fell as a shower of stones in the early hours of April 29th 1844. A total mass of 140 g was recovered.

Killeter is a village in County Tyrone, Ireland.

The Killeter meteorite is classified as an H6 (veined) chondritic meteorite meaning it has a high iron content (12-21%) and distinct chondrules (olivine and pyroxene mainly). Chondrules are thought to have formed from the condensation of hot gases in the solar system around 4.6 billion years ago. In the hand specimen these chondrules are almost impossible to see. Instead it is the rusty alteration haloes around metallic iron and sulphide minerals that are most obvious.

See also:
http://www.bimsociety.org/bim3.shtml

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=12309

Specimen: BM90268

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Killeter, Northern Ireland
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