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    A meteorite exploded over Cuba shattering windows , was seen over the Florida keys ... https://www.rt.com/news/450362-meteo...s-cuba-photos/

  • #2
    I had been wondering about this event. Thank you for the reminder. Found some more info here. One of the videos includes the moment the shock wave arrived at ground level. Always scares the daylights out of folks! There is also an image of the detonation flash as seen from space:

    https://earthsky.org/space/small-met...-cuba-feb-2019

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    • #3
      Gracias Senor, disfrute el video! He visto un evento asi antes ! Espero nunca volver a verlo.... JJ

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      • Tam
        Tam commented
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        Esta bien Senior Lindenmeier

    • #4
      Cool videos!!! Thanks for posting them!

      Von

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      • #5
        Charlie I know you are chomping at the bit and just wanting to get on a plane and go down there .
        Whats your take on the material .

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        • #6
          Originally posted by Tam View Post
          Charlie I know you are chomping at the bit and just wanting to get on a plane and go down there .
          Whats your take on the material .
          Well, Cuba is probably a reasonably safe place for a meteorite hunter to fly down and try to find pieces, and score pieces from the locals. It looks like a chondrite, a stony meteorite to me, with the fragments showing lots of shock veins, not a result of impact, but part of the rock's history on its parent body, or perhaps collisions in space. Nice fresh black fusion crust, as expected of stones recovered immediately after the fall. You can be sure hunters are headed that way, likely already there. I will keep track of that, but no, no flights for me, lol.

          I will take the opportunity your comment presents to post a very long recent article that describes just how dangerous meteorite hunting in foreign lands can be sometimes. I know some of these guys, They're crazy, lol. But this is a great story. I obtained a small piece of the fall described from one of the participants in this harrowing adventure....

          https://www.wired.com/story/scramble...ted-meteorite/

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          • Tam
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            Great info

        • #7
          I was in ViƱales on Jan. 31st so just barely missed this event which would have been wonderful to have witnessed.

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          • #8
            CMD , Great link you shared , really enjoyed the story . Thanks , Joe Louvier

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            • #9
              Really nice article

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              • #10
                OK, meteorite hunter/collector/dealer Mike Farmer is at the Tucson show after flying to Cuba and scoring quite a few individual stones and pieces. He has been selling them for $50/gm, very pricy for an Ordinary Chondrite, the most common meteorite type. Of course, he may be the only one with samples to sell, and who knows how much will reach market. Meteorites tend to sell high when first reaching market, as many collectors get excited and "have" to get some. Anyway, here are 7 photos taken by Farmer of what he brought back:

                http://www.tucsonmeteorites.com/mpod...xtbdolysq2.jpg

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                • #11
                  And, specimens already appearing on eBay, so other dealers have some....

                  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vinales-M...a/323688253854

                  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/9-4-gram-...9/323687912991

                  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cuban-met...9/192818832637

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                  • #12
                    How cool is this? And the band played on....

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