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Basic information Name: Alais
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1806
Country: France
Mass:help 6 kg
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  CI1
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  CI1
Recommended:  CI1    [explanation]

This is 1 of 9 approved meteorites classified as CI1.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 1), and CI chondrites
Comments: Revised 2 Jan 2020: Added fall info, corrected coords
Writeup from MB online:
History (P.-M. PelĂ©, meteor-center.com) : On March 15, 1806, at 5.30 p.m., two detonations a few seconds apart were heard near the city of Alès. They were followed by a rumble that lasted for ten to twelve minutes. A shepherd named Eglon, who kept his flock in Bouquet and who by chance had his eyes turned to the sky on the north side, saw a luminous cloud a little before the detonations, which dissipated it. Two meteorites fell that day in Saint-Etienne-de-l'Olm and in Castenau-Valence, two villages a little less than eight km apart. Two local scientists living in Alès went to the two places to collect testimonials. In Saint-Etienne-de-l'Olm, they met a family of farmers, who had heard the detonations and rumblings. Trying to see where the noises came from, they saw a blackish mass arriving from the north, which passed over their heads and fell into a field of arable land near the village. The stone broke on impact. All people present took pieces of the meteorite; they estimated the initial mass of the meteorite fragments to be 4 kg. Then, the two scientists went to Castelnau-Valence where they met four eyewitnesses of the fall. The circumstances were the same as in Saint-Etienne-de-l'Olm: detonations, rumblings and a black mass which came from the north. The meteorite fell 25 paces from a man. It broke into three fragments on impact, which the people present shared. The mass of the stone was estimated at 2 kg.
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Photos from the Encyclopedia of Meteorites:
Br. Guy Consolmagno, Vatican collection   
Don Edwards   
Erich Haiderer   
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Collection Vincent Jacques Photo added 19 Apr 2022
Dominik Stoeckli   

     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (44° 7'N, 4° 5'E)
     Recommended::   (44° 3' 25"N, 4° 11' 4"E)
Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 10.5 km apart

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     This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
     This is 1 of 77 approved meteorites from France (plus 12 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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Synonymshelp: Allais (In NHM Cat)
Valence (In NHM Cat)

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