Tsarev, Russian L5 Meteorite, Micromount

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The Tsarev meteorite is tied to a fall event that occurred on December 6, 1922. Meteorites were not recovered until 1968, when a local farmer found the first specimens. The heavy rocks were not recognized as meteorites until 1979. Samples were eventually analyzed and it was classified as a L5 chondrite. Subsequent searches resulted in the recovery of many large masses and many smaller fragments in a strewnfield that measures approx. 6km from end to end. The location of the fall is recorded as Tsarev village in Volgograd oblast. 

Coincidentally, Tsarev is in southwestern Russia and is currently being used a staging area for Russia's genocidal war of aggression against neighboring Ukraine. Galactic Stone & Ironworks supports the Ukrainian people in their struggle to liberate their occupied lands from the illegal Russian invasion. Slava Ukraini! 

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

From the Catalog of Meteorites entry on Tsarev :



Place of fall: Near Tsarev village, Volgograd district, USSR.

48°42'N., 45°42'E.

Date of fall: December 6, 1922, 0700 hrs (?), found 1968, recognized 1979.

Class and type: Stone. Olivine-hypersthene chondrite (L5).

Number of individual

specimens: 28

Total weight: 1131.7 kg

Circumstances of find: Found in fields, the first few specimens were found by B.G. Nikiforov. The largest mass weighs 284 kg, the smallest 761 g. The greatest distance between the find sites was 6.0 km.

Source: R.L. Khotinok, Committee on Meteorites, Academy of Sciences, Mos­cow, USSR.