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Basic information Name: Chassigny
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1815
Country: France
Mass:help 4 kg
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Martian (chassignite)
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Chassignite
Recommended:  Martian (chassignite)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 3 approved meteorites classified as Martian (chassignite).   [show all]
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Comments: Revised 3 Jan 2020: Added fall info, slight correction to coords
Writeup from MB online:
History (P.-M. PelĂ©, meteor-center.com): On October 3, 1815, around 10:00 am, a meteor went through the sky and a noise similar to a shooting was heard. A man, working in a vineyard in Chassigny, observed the phenomena and saw a rocky mass fall 400 m from him. The meteorite exploded on impact and the inhabitants of the village hastened to recover the fragments. Another witness claimed to have seen other stones thrown in the air in all directions. A second large piece was found a week later, 160 m from the first one. The place where the phenomena occurred is located at a place called "Sous Prêle," halfway between Chassigny and the Bois de Moremaine. Fortunately, Mr. Pistollet, a doctor in Langres, who arrived two days after the fall, carried out a real field investigation, while collecting many fragments of the meteorite; this prevented this meteorite from being forgotten. The total recorded mass of Chassigny is four kilograms. This is the total mass of all the fragments collected by Mr. Pistollet. There is no evidence that the pieces were weighed precisely. Mr Pistollet believed that about eight kilograms fell, based on the missing pieces of a one kilogram specimen he obtained. Of the 4 kg initially recovered, now less than a kilogram is preserved.
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MeteoriteCollector.org - FCOM - Russ Finney   
MeteoriteCollector.org - NHMV - Vienna   
Michael S. Scherman   

     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (47° 43'N, 5° 22'E)
     Recommended::   (47° 43' 0"N, 5° 22' 53"E)

     This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from Champagne-Ardenne, France
     This is 1 of 78 approved meteorites from France (plus 12 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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Synonymshelp: Langres (In NHM Cat)
Shassini (In NHM Cat)

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