Valera Meteorite (venezuela) - Fell October 15, 1972 And Killed A Cow
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Valera Meteorite (venezuela) - Fell October 15, 1972 And Killed A Cow :
Cow killer, come from with copy of original documentationSpecimen is a 0.44g slice
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On the evening of October 15, 1972 farmhands in Trujillo, Venezuela were startled by an inexplicable sonic boom. The next morning a large, unusual rock was found alongside the carcass of a cow whose neck and shoulder had been pulverized.
When astronomer Ignacio Ferrin of the University of the Andes learned of Valera, just one of three Venezuelan meteorites, he visited the Gonzalez estate and was able to make contact with a witness to the events of October 15-16, 1972. Dr. Ferrin purchased Valera and obtained an affidavit provided by the witness which was notarized by the Ministry of Justicea copy of which is provided with this offering (translation):
I, Juan Dionicio Delgado, Venezuelan, identified by the National Identity Document No. 5.030.450, hereby declare in this document that at the end of 1972, I was visiting the farm El Tinajero owned by Argimiro Gonzalez, deceased, which was located at the boundary of the states of Barinas and Trujillo. It was past midnight when we were talking, and there was a strange noise. When we went out to investigate due to the dark of the night we saw nothing. But the next morning a worker came to say that there was a cow killed under strange circumstances. When we went to investigate we found that the cow had been killed by a stone that presumably fell from the sky the night before, causing the noise we had been unable to explain. The stone, broken in several pieces, was kept by Dr. Gonzalez, while the cow was eaten over the following days. These are the facts, as expressed in Barinas, the eleventh day of January 2001.
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1972
history: NHM Catalogue: 5th Edition (2000) L5 Meteoritical Bulletin: MB 85 (2001) L5 MetBase: v. 7.1 (2006) L5 Recommended: L5
Writeup Writeup from MB 85:
Fell 1972 October 15
Ordinary chondrite (L5)
On the evening of 1972 October 15, a bright light accompanied by a loud noise was witnessed near the El Tinajero farm. The next morning, Dr. Arginiro Gonzales and his guest, Juan Dionicio Delgado, discovered that a cow had apparently been killed by a falling stone. The stone had broken into three pieces weighing 38, 8, and 4 kg, respectively. The largest specimen remained outdoors for decades after the fall. Classification and mineralogy (A. Rubin, UCLA): olivine, Fa24.2±0.3; shock stage, S4; weathering grade, W3. Specimens: main mass, 24 kg, DPitt; 6 kg, Cott; 4 kg, Alan Lang; type specimen, 100 g, UCLA.Institutions
and collections UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
Cott: Michael Cottingham Meteorite Collection, P.O. Box 727, Silver City, NM 88062, United States (private address)
DPitt: Darryl Pitt, 225 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024, United States; Website (private address)
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