Shalka, Historic 1850 Second Diogenite Fall, India, Micromount


The Shalka meteorite (or Shaluka) appeared as a fireball in the night sky over the Bankura district in the West Bengal province of India. A large stone fell about 80 yards south of a village in a rice field about three hours before sunrise. The fall was witnessed by two persons who described the noise as similar to thunder although peculiar in nature because it was not very loud and did not wake up the inhabitants of the neighboring village of Bhora about a mile distant. Accounts of this fall are scant because record-keeping of this nature was lacking over 150 years ago in colonial India. Between then and now, very little of this meteorite made it into private collections.


Modern analysis has shown that Shalka is a diogenite of the HED group that originates from asteroid Vesta. This was the second witnessed fall of a diogenite (preceding the famous Tatahouine by over 80 years). Not much of this meteorite is extant and it is rarely offered on the collector market. I have not offered any of this meteorite previously and I only have a small amount of it.


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