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Jilin
Basic information Name: Jilin
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1976
Country: China
Mass:help 4 t
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 59  (1981)  H
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 8554 approved meteorites (plus 11 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7), H chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites
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Writeup from MB 59:
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THE FALL OF THE KIRIN, CHINA, STONY METEORITE

Name: KIRIN

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

specimens:

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.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 59, Meteoritics 16, 193-199 (1981)
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Geography:

China
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (44° 0'N, 126° 30'E)
     Recommended::   (44° 3'N, 126° 10'E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 27.3 km apart

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 7 approved meteorites from Jilin, China
     This is 1 of 225 approved meteorites from China (plus 8 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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Synonyms: Kirin (In NHM Cat)

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