Launton
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The Launton meteorite fell on February 15th 1830 after observers witnessed a fireball accompanied by a triple detonation. A single 1.06 kg stone was later found.

Launton is near Bicester, Oxfordshire, England.

The Launton meteorite is classified as an L6 (veined) ordinary chondrite meaning it has a low iron content (5-10%) and indistinct chondrules (round features) that have in many places have been metamorphosed under conditions to homogenise the pre-existing minerals (olivine and pyroxene mainly). Look in PPL to see a few remaining chondrules (such as rotation 1) and some relatively large blocky olivine pyroxene crystals (rotation 2). Note the melt vein along the right-hand edge of the section and the rusty brown alteration patches surrounding metallic iron. We do not feature a polished thin section so there is no reflected light view.

See also:
http://www.bimsociety.org/bim1.shtml

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=12740

Specimen: BM77528
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Launton, near Bicester, Oxfordshire, England
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Ma = Millions of years ago
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