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Happy Birthday Jilin - March 8, 1976
      #5720757 - 03/08/13 03:57 PM

Happy 37th Birthday to the Jilin meteorite.

On this day in 1976, massive fireball exploded over the northern Chinese countryside near the town of Jilin. Thousands of small stones and larger fragments rained down on a wide area. The largest mass recovered remains one of the largest stony meteorites ever found after a witnessed fall - 1770kg (approx. 3900 pounds)

See the Meteoritical Bulletin entry here -




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. Scientica Sinica 20, 502-512. 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.

A short new article about the anniversary of the Jilin fall -

Best regards,


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