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Nova 017
Basic information Name: Nova 017
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: unknown
Country: United States?
Mass:help 188 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 106  (2018)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 10803 approved meteorites (plus 19 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 17 Mar 2017
Writeup from MB 106:

Nova 017

United States?

Find: unknown

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5)

History: A single specimen was handed down to the owner by his great aunt in the 1960s. Likely originated in the southwest US.

Physical characteristics: The ~7 cm-wide, equant specimen is mostly covered with a dark-brown fusion crust. Some red-brown oxidation is evident.

Petrography: (C. Herd, UAb) Cut surfaces reveal light and dark areas consistent with brecciation. Consists of well-delineated chondrules of a variety of textural types. Plagioclase grains are up to 20 μm across. Shock effects include minor veining. Weathering grade according to Zurfluh et al. (2016).

Geochemistry: (C. Herd, UAb) Data obtained by EMP examination of carbon-coated thin section: Olivine Fa19.0±0.3 (n=29); Low-Ca Pyroxene Fs16.8±0.9Wo1.1±0.1 (n=29). Two data points are consistent with a type L (Fs19.8), indicative of a polymict breccia.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite, H5, breccia. Petrologic type 5 based on well-delineated chondrules and plagioclase grain size (2-50 μm).

Specimens: Type specimen of 26.4 g, including one thin section, is at UAb. Main mass is with the owner.

  • F.J. Zurfluh, B.A. Hofmann, E. Gnos, U. Eggenberger, and A.J.T. Jull (2016) Weathering of ordinary chondrites from Oman: Correlation of weathering parameters with 14C terrestrial ages and a refined weathering scale. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 51, 1685–1700. (link)
Data from:
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Mass (g):188
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W1.0
Fayalite (mol%):19.0±0.3 (n=29)
Ferrosilite (mol%):16.8±0.9 (n=29)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.1±0.1 (n=29)
Classifier:C. Herd, UAb
Type spec mass (g):26.4
Type spec location:UAb
Main mass:D. Jameson (Toronto)
Comments:Submitted by C. Herd
   and collections
UAb: 1-26 Earth Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E3, Canada, Canada; Website (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., Bouvier A., Grossman J., Metzler K., and Uehara M. (2019) Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 106. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 54 in press.
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     This is 1 of 4 approved meteorites from United States?

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