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Apt
Basic information Name: Apt
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1803
Country: France
Mass:help 3.2 kg
Classification
  history:
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11039 approved meteorites (plus 6 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)
Comments: Revised 2 Jan 2020: Added fall info, refined coords
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Apt
History (P.-M. PelĂ©, meteor-center.com): On October 8, 1803, around ten in the morning, a strong explosion was heard near Apt. People heard a hissing sound coming from the south. More than twenty farmers who were working in their fields then saw a black body moving in the air. At a place called Saurette, Mr. and Mrs. Jully, who were 300 m from Mr. Devaux’s house, saw the stone fall into his vineyard. Two women walking on the road from Villars to Apt also heard the explosion and the whistle, and saw the meteorite falling 20 m from them into Mr. Devaux's vineyard. Mr. Devaux was working his land 200 or 300 m from his house and did not directly witness the fall. His wife, who was on the doorstep of the house, rushed home, frightened, when she heard the sounds. Some searches were conducted during the day, as well as the following day, but they proved unsuccessful. Two days after the fall, the son of Mr. Devaux, walking through his vineyard, discovered a recent hole between two rows of vines, about 20 m from the house. He searched the 25 cm deep hole and removed a black stone weighing 3.3 kg. He immediately made the connection with the violent event on October 8.
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References: Never published in the Meteoritical Bulletin
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Photos from the Encyclopedia of Meteorites:
Br. Guy Consolmagno, Vatican collection   
Don Edwards   
Michael Cottingham   
Schoolersinc   
Photos uploaded by members of the Encyclopedia of Meteorites.
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Dominik Stoeckli   
Jean-Michel Masson   
Mark Crawford   
MeteoriteCollector.org - NHMV - Vienna   
Peter Marmet   
Shawn Alan   
Woreczko Jan & Wadi   
Geography:

France
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (43° 52'N, 5° 23'E)
     Recommended::   (43° 53' 23"N, 5° 23' 29"E)
Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 2.6 km apart

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 4 approved meteorites from Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France (plus 3 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 77 approved meteorites from France (plus 11 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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Synonymshelp: Saurette (In NHM Cat)
Vaucluse (In NHM Cat)

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