Jilin, Famous H5 Chondrite 1976 China Fall, Micromount


A bright red fireball and detonations heralded the fall of the Jilin meteorite (also called Kirin) over rural China on March 8. 1976. Over 4 tons of stones fell, including the largest known stony meteorite mass ever recorded. It was classified as an H5 chondrite.

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From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Jilin :



Place of fall: Northern part of the district of Kirin, Kirin Province, China.

44°00'N., 126°30'E.

Date of fall: 8 March 1976, 1500 hr.

Class and type: Stone. Olivine bronzite chondrite. Total Fe = 28.6 wt %.

Number of individual


Very large, 11 masses are individually recorded (see below), largest being of 1770 kg.

Total weight: About 4 tons (metric).

Circumstances of fall: At about 1500 hr on 8 March 1976 a red fireball moving SW was sighted by townspeople of Hsinglung (46°26'N., 127°05'E.). During flight there were several explosions and in the last stages of flight three distinct fireballs were observed. The meteorite fragments were scattered along an E-W trending strewnfield extending from 126°10'E. to 127° 10'E. The largest mass was recovered at 44°03'N., 126°10'E.

Source: Joint Investigating Group of the Kirin Meteorite Shower, Academia Sinica, 1976. A preliminary survey on the Kirin Meteorite shower. See also Mineralogical Abstracts 77, 2037.

Note: This meteorite has also been called JILIN. See Meteorite Research Group etc. 1976. Acta Geol. Sinica, 176-196. Mineralogical Abstracts 77, 3262.