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Earliest recording of a European meteorite

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D. Ravenswaay

<p>Earliest recorded European meteorite. Medieval manuscript page which is the first to record a meteorite (shown in woodcut image at top). It fell near Ensisheim, a town in Alsace which is now in France, on the morning of 7 November 1492. The \thunderstone\ was interpreted as a sign of God's anger. It is thought that the meteorite weighed almost 130 kilogrammes (kg), of which a 55 kg mass remains. The meteorite was a stony chondrite type; chondrites make up about 86 of the solar system's meteorites. About 500 meteorites hit Earth each year, but most fall in the sea or remote regions</p>

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