Ensisheim Meteorite: France, *1492

Ensisheim, France, *1492

Ensisheim is one of the most famous historic falls, as well as being one of the earliest. It fell in Alsace, in what is now France, on the 13th November 1492 – the same year Columbus set sail for the Americas.

My specimen is a 0.29g part slice. The total known weight of the meteorite is 127kg, although so many pieces have been hacked off that it’s difficult to know how much is left!

Here is an account of the circumstances surrounding the fall.

 

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