Henbury meteorite. Old label
The natives have a legend that the craters were formed during a fiery explosion; they call the place “Chindu chinna waru chingi yabu” which means “Sun walk fire devil rock”. It indicates that the theory that Henbury is a witnessed fall is more thank likely. Moreover, it has been estimated that this iron has been on Earth for approximately 4200 years. Due to its characteristics it is classified as a IIIAB iron meteorite.
The Henbury meteorite was found in Australia in 1931 for the first time by Westerners. The crater field is situated 11 km west-southwest of Henbury Cattle Station in the heart of arid Central Australia. It is known to have caused 13 to 14 craters ranging from 7 to 180 meters (23 to 591 ft) in diameter and up to 15 meters (49 ft) in depth. Shortly after the discovery, large quantities of this meteorite were removed from the area, and over the years the site has been almost completely cleaned. As a result, most of the area has been closed by the government and collecting is forbidden now.
In this lot, a complete specimen of Henbury is offered. It conserves its natural patina and characteristic shape.
Certificate of authenticity included. IMCA 5591.
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