Contemporary report of the fall on Nov. 16, 1492, of the Ensißheim, Alsace-Lorraine, meteorite
Meeting of the “Friends of the Ensißheim Meteorite”
Use of meteoritic iron in the manufacture of swords and knifes
E.F.F. Chladni (1756-1827) was the first to recognize that meteorites fall to Earth from space. In 1994, McCoy, Steele, Keil, Leonard and Endreß named a new mineral, a Na-Ca-Mg phosphate from the Carlton iron meteorite (and unknown from earth rocks) chladniite in his honor
Definitions Meteoroid: An object > a molecule < asteroid traveling in space Meteor: The light phenomenon associated with a meteoroid passing through Earth’s atmosphere Meteorite: A meteoroid after it landed on Earth or any other planetary surface Meteorite fall: A recovered meteorite that was seen to fall Meteorite find: A recovered meteorite without a record of its fall Meteorite names: After landmarks near their place of fall or find (e.g. the Honolulu meteorite) Meteorites recovered in areas with a lack of landmarks (e.g., Antarctica, Sahara desert), are named after the general area of recovery, and given a number (e.g., ALH84001; Sahara 97166)
Antarctica is best place to find meteorites on Earth!