Boguslavka meteorite. Hexahedrite, observed fall
On October 18, 1916, just before noon, the population within an area of about 500 km in diameter observed a riveting sound and light show as at least two masses of meteoritic iron [~5,5% Ni] fell only 1 km apart near the small village of Boguslavka. Three days later masses of 198.6 kg and 58,1 kg were found in 1-2 m deep holes — incompletely covered by their fusion crusts. Where the crust was missing, the two masses matched almost perfectly along a cubic cleavage plane. A 3rd endpiece is supposed to exist but it was never found.
The Boguslavka meteorite is an almost perfect example of the textural subclass of IIAB hexahedrites. Boguslavka is the most massive witnessed fall among IIAB hexahedrites. The main mass of 196,6 kg is with the Academy of Sciences in Moscow (shown in the last picture). Most of the smaller mass of 43,2 kg is in Odessa.
Certificate of authenticity included. IMCA 5591.
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