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Villalbeto de la Peña
Basic information Name: Villalbeto de la Peña
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2004
Country: Spain
Mass:help 3.5 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 88  (2004)  L6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 10027 approved meteorites (plus 3 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from MB 88:

Villalbeto de la Peña

Palencia, Castilla-Leon, Spain

Fell 2004 January 04 16:47 UT

Chondrite (L6)

At about 17:47 P.M. on 2004 January 4, a brilliant fireball of absolute magnitude -18±2 was seen over a large area of Spain. The fireball coursed north-eastward and experienced various explosions along its trajectory. Thundering detonations were heard over a wide area and a long, smoky trail remained visible for nearly 30 minutes. A total mass of ~2.5 kg was recovered. Two specimens (42.03 and 21.76 g) were found by Jose Luis Allende on January 11-12th. From January 23th to February 8th a recovery team collected five specimens (61.78 g, 32.0 g, 126.0 g, 34.7 g and 32.1 g). In addition, a linked second team lead by Javier Garcia-Guinea (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid) found seven specimens in the same area (58.91 g, 38.12 g, 5.83 g, 3.87 g, 185.7 g, 66.31 g, and 119.08 g). Three other individuals recovered a further 7 stones (52.8 g, 51.64 g, 50.23 g, 46.48 g, 33.22 g, 18.28 g, and 11.00 g). On March 10th a nearly complete individual of 1367.6 g was discovered. All the specimens exhibit a black fusion crust.  Classification (Jordi Llorca, Universitat de Barcelona, Ignasi Casanova, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Alan Rubin, UCLA): Olivine Fa=24.2±0.2 mol%, Low-Ca pyroxene Fs=20.3±0.2 mol%, Wo=1.6±0.2 mol%. Shock stage S4; weathering grade W0.. Specimens: type specimen, 42.03 g, and 0.52 kg stone, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Madrid; 63 g, anonymous collector; 1568 g, anonymous collector.

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UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 88, MAPS 39, A215-A272 (2004)
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     Recommended::   (42° 48'N, 4° 40'W)

     This is 1 of 4 approved meteorites from Castilla y Leon, Spain (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 30 approved meteorites from Spain (plus 10 unapproved names)
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