MetSoc Home            Publications            Search Meteorites  
Search the Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Last update: 21 May 2017
Search for: Search type: Search limits: Display: Publication:
Text help
Starts with
Sounds like
What's new
  in the last:
Limit to approved meteorite names
Search text:  
Hradec Králové
Basic information Name: Hradec Králové
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes, confirmed fall
Year fell: 2016
Country: Czech Republic
Mass:help 134 g
Recommended:  LL5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 3056 approved meteorites classified as LL5.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 10 May 2017
Writeup from MB 106:

Hradec Králové        50°18.03’N, 15°43.67’E

Královéhradecký, Czech Republic

Confirmed fall: 17 May 2016

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL5)

History: (P. Spurný, CzAS). A slow moving, -11.5 absolute magnitude, bolide was recorded photographically and photoelectrically by digital all-sky fireball observatories at three Czech stations of the European Fireball Network (other stations had bad weather) and by two web cameras of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute on May 17, 2016, at 1:04:01.2-7.3 UT. Based on these instrumental data, precise results on atmospheric trajectory, heliocentric orbit, and fragmentation history were quickly determined. It was evident that this event terminated with a multiple meteorite fall and the impact area of possible meteorite masses was modeled. However, a systematic search was very complicated because the fall occurred in an agriculturally cultivated area during the high vegetation season. Nevertheless, the impact area was announced in the CzAS official press release and the public was asked for a help with the search. After dedicated search activities of several teams (including CzAS team) and individual hunters, one freshly looking meteorite was recovered by a private hunter in the predicted location for a given mass. It was found in the oil seed grape field just after the harvest on July 30, 2016 and the finder informed P. Spurný(CzAS) about his find in March 2017. The sample was immediately analyzed by J. Haloda (CzGS).

Physical characteristics: (P. Spurný, CzAS). Hradec Kralove is a single, 133 g, slightly wedge-shaped stone measuring approximately 6 × 3.5 × 2 cm with bulk density 3.23 g/cm3. About half of its surface is covered by a thick, black, primary fusion crust, where one side contains well-developed regmaglypts. The second half of its surface is covered by a very thin secondary crust signifying a break up of the meteoroid in the last moment of its ablation phase. Only a few small rusty spots are visible on its surface. One small 1.1 g fraction was chipped from this sample and was used for mineralogical/petrological analyses. Another 22.2 g was cut later and it serves as the repository mass (CzAS).

Petrography: (J. Haloda, CzGS), The meteorite shows only weakly defined chondrules; sizes vary from around 0.5 mm to 5 mm. Thin section shows a complete recrystallization of a fine-grained matrix. An undulose extinction of olivine and orthopyroxene and presence of irregular fractures indicate a very weak shock stage (S2).

Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and geochemistry: (J. Haloda, CzGS), Chondrule relicts consist mostly of olivine (Fa25-33) mean Fa29.7, Fa PMD 3.5%, n=50; low-Ca pyroxene (Fs21-27Wo0.8-2.4) mean Fs24.0 Wo1.7, Fs PMD 4.7%, Wo PMD 5.7%, n=50. Feldspar grains <10 mm, chromite, chlorapatite, troilite, kamacite and taenite are also present.

Classification: (J. Haloda, CzGS), Ordinary chondrite, LL5 (S2). Weathering grade W0

Specimens: Type specimen 22.2 g + 0.5 g, CzAS; the main mass (110 g) is with the finder

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Origin or pseudonym:field
Date:17 May 2016
Mass (g):134
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):29.7±1.0 (N=50)
Ferrosilite (mol%):24.0±1.1 (N=50)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.7±0.2 (N=50)
Magnetic suscept.:3.60
Classifier:J. Haloda, CzGS
Type spec mass (g):22.2+0.5
Type spec location:CzAS
Main mass:with the finder M. Maršík
Finder:M. Maršík
Comments:Submitted by Pavel Spurný
   and collections
CzAS: Astronomical Institute CAS, Fricova 298, 251 65 Ondrejov, Czech Republic, Czech Republic (institutional address; updated 1 Apr 2015)
CzGS: Czech Geological Survey, Klárov 3, 118 21 Praha 1, Czech Republic (institutional address; updated 27 Jun 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 106, in preparation (2017)
Find references in NASA ADS:
Find references in Google Scholar:
Public domain photographs:
Pavel Spurny   

Czech Republic
     Recommended::   (50° 18' 2"N, 15° 43' 40"E)

     This is 1 of 3 approved meteorites from Královéhradecký, Czech Republic (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 26 approved meteorites from Czech Republic (plus 1 unapproved name)
Proximity search:
Find nearby meteorites: enter search radius (km):

Direct link to this page