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Meteorites from Wisconsin fall donated to Field Museum

Sat, 06/26/2010 - 09:44 -- admin

The Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies at the Field Museum in Chicago received pieces of the meteorite, now named Mifflin, that produced an impressive fireball and fell on April 14, 2010 in southern Wisconsin. Private meteorite collector Terry Boudreaux donated two pieces to the Field Museum, "...Anything I can do to further science, I try to do. I give as much as I can to the Field," said Boudreaux. The pieces nicely exhibit the brecciated nature of the meteorite.

Meteorite Bur-Abor donated to Field Museum

Sat, 06/26/2010 - 09:39 -- admin

On May 18, Chicagoan Mohamud Esmail donated 140 g of the Bur-Abor iron meteorite (IIIAB) to The Field Museum’s Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. The Meteoritical Bulletin reports that several dozen fragments of this meteorite were found in 1997 by a family in northeast Kenya after they heard an explosion and saw a cloud of dust. Nearby banana trees were broken, and some contained embedded metal shards. However, the recovered iron meteorite is too weathered to be consistent with a recent date of fall.

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