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Basic information Name: Hamlet
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1959
Country: United States
Mass:help 3.71 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 34  (1965)  H
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  LL4
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  LL4
Recommended:  LL4    [explanation]

This is 1 of 399 approved meteorites classified as LL4.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from MB 17:
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The place of fall of discovery: Hamlet, Starke County, Indiana, USA.
Data of fall or discovery: FALL, October 13, 1959, at 9:05 p.m.
Class and type: STONY; gray chondrite.
The number of individual specimens: I.
Total weight: 2.045 kg.
The circumstances of the fall or discovery:   The meteorite struck a house, breaking a piece off the gutter, and was found in the yard about 30 minutes after its fall.  The stone has a conical shape; however, a piece broke off the apex before it was recovered and is still missing.  The meteorite will be preserved in the United States National Museum (Washington, USA) and in the Chicago Museum of Natural History (Chicago, USA).
Source: A letter from Dr. E.P. Henderson to E.L. Krinov dated January 18, 1960.

Writeup from MB 34:
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HAMLET No. 2, Hamlet, Indiana, USA; φ = 41°20' N, λ = 86° 35' W.

FOUND, May 1963.

STONY, bronzite chondrite (amphoterite?).

One individual, weight 1666 gr.

The meteorite was found by Mr. M. Hall in a farm pasture about 0.4 km. from the house where Hamlet No. 1 fell (on Oct. 13, 1959). 883 grams are preserved at the Chicago Natural History Museum; 783 grams are preserved at the U. S. National Museum, Washington, D. C., USA).

Source: Report of Dr. Edward Olsen (Chicago, USA) in a letter, V. 17 1965 (see also The Meteoritical Bulletin No. 17, 1960).

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 17, Moscow (1960)
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 34, Moscow (1965)
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United States
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (41° 23'N, 86° 36'W)
     Recommended::   (41° 23'N, 86° 36'W)

     This is 1 of 13 approved meteorites from Indiana, United States (plus 1 unapproved name) (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 1929 approved meteorites from United States (plus 866 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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