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Ras Tanura
Basic information Name: Ras Tanura
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1961
Country: Saudi Arabia
Mass:help 6.1 g
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 21  (1961)  Chondrite
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H6
Recommended:  H6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 5666 approved meteorites (plus 3 unapproved names) classified as H6.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
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Writeup from MB 21:
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FALL OF RAS TANURA STONY METEORITE, SAUDI ARABIA

Name: RAS TANURA.

The place of fall or discovery: Ras Tanura, Dakhran, Saudi Arabia.

Date of fall or discovery:  FALL, February 23, 1961, 11 hrs. 42 min. Greenwich time.

Class and type: STONY, crystalline chondrite.

Number of individual specimens: 1.

Total weight: 6.1 gr.

Circumstances of the fall or discovery: The fall of the meteorite was preceded by the flight of a bolide from south to north. The bolide, visible in the clear sky, left a white cloud behind with a diameter of approximately 2° and a train. The train disappeared about 10 minutes after the appearance of bolide while the cloud was visible for about 30 minutes. During this time it moved approximately 15° to the east. The cloud was located at an altitude of about 60°. The flight of the bolide was accompanied by a drone which grew into a rumbling. According to an eyewit­ness, the meteorite dug out of the ground fell about 12 minutes after the sounds ceased.

Source: Report sent by Dr. John A. Wood (Cambridge, USA) in a letter to E. L. Krinov, March 30, 1961.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 21, Moscow (1961)
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Geography:

Saudi Arabia
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (26° 40'N, 50° 9'E)
     Recommended::   (26° 40'N, 50° 9'E)

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 103 approved meteorites from Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia (plus 1 unapproved name) (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 110 approved meteorites from Saudi Arabia (plus 4 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)
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Synonymshelp: Ra's at Tannurah (In NHM Cat)

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