A stony meteorite that fell on November 7, 1492 in a wheat field outside the walled town of Ensisheim in then Alsace. The meteorite is an ordinary chondrite, it was described as triangular in shape, and it created a one-meter deep hole upon impact.

Ensisheim meteorite in the town’s museum / Image source

The fall of the meteorite through the Earth’s atmosphere was observed as a fireball at a distance of up to 150 kilometers from where it eventually landed. Residents of the walled town and nearby farms and villages gathered at the location to raise the meteorite from its impact hole and began removing pieces of it. A local magistrate interfered with the destruction of the stone, in order to preserve the object for King Maximilian.

The Ensisheim meteorite is of the stony type, ordinary chondrite type LL6. She currently weighs 54 kg. It fell on November 7, 1492 between 11 a.m. and noon. Weighing 260 pounds, it sank a meter into the ground. His fall is the first to have been observed / Image source

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