Leighlinbridge
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The Leighlinbridge meteorite fell on November 28th 1999 after observers witnessed a bright fireball accompanied by detonations. Four stones were recovered (84.7 g, 73.3 g, 65.6 g and 47.9 g - total 271.4 g).

Leighlinbridge is near Carlow, Wicklow Mountains, County Carlow, Ireland.

The Leighlinbridge meteorite is classified as an L6 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). Sadly, because we do not have a thin section of this meteorite all that can really be seen is a black fusion crust covering almost the entire surface of the 73.3 g hand specimen.

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

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=12759

Specimen: BM2001,M.1

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Carlow, Ireland
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