Juancheng, China Hammer Fall, Cook Pot Meteorite, Micromount

Juancheng, China Hammer Fall, Cook Pot Meteorite, Micromount


On February 15, 1997, a bright fireball exploded over the area of Juancheng in Shandong province of China. One stone reportedly penetrated the roof of a house and landed in a cookpot that was sitting on the stove. This mildly-shocked meteorite was classified as an H5 chondrite.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a small fragment similar to the one shown. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Juancheng :


Shandong Province, China

Fell 1997 February 15, 23:23:35 Beijing time (15:23:35 UT)

Ordinary chondrite (H5)

A shower of small stones (>1000 individuals) fell near the Yellow River after a brilliant fireball with smoke and sparks terminated in a loud, resonating explosion. The fall ellipse measured ~10.5 ´ 4.3 km, oriented east-west. The largest recovered piece weighed 2.7 kg, and the total mass is >100 kg. One fragment was reported to have penetrated a roof and landed in a pot on a stove. This meteorite has been widely traded and sold under the unofficial name Heze. Classification and mineralogy (Chen Yonghen and Wang Daode, GIG; Wang Ruitian, HBS; A. Rubin, UCLA;): olivine, Fa19.0–19.2; pyroxene, Fs16.9Wo0.1; plagioclase heterogeneous, An9–33Ab63–84Or3–12; kamacite contains 0.36–0.47 wt% Co; shock stage S2.