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Minamino
Basic information Name: Minamino
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1632
Country: Japan
Mass:help 1040 g
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 56  (1979)  Chondrite
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Chondrite
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L
Recommended:  L    [explanation]

This is 1 of 52 approved meteorites classified as L.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, Ordinary chondrites
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Writeup from MB 56:
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FALL OF THE MINAMINO, JAPAN, STONY METEORITE

Name: MINAMINO

Place of fall: Minami-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

35°04'42"N., 136°56'E.

Date of fall: September 27, 1632, about midnight.

Class and type: Stone. Chondrite.

Number of individual

specimens: 1

Total weight: 1.04 kg

Circumstances of fall: After the appearance of a fireball and detonations, a stone fell into a salt-field near the sea shore. The owner of the field, Rokubei Murase, saw the fall and recovered the meteorite soon afterwards. The stone was later presented to a Shinto shrine, Yobitsugi jinja, where it remained as a holy treasure. Permission to examine the stone was given to staff of the National Science Museum, Tokyo, in August 1976, when its meteoritic nature was confirmed. The stone remains in the Yobitsugi shrine.

Source: S. Murayama, National Science Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 56, Meteoritics 14, 161-175 (1979)
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Geography:

Japan
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (35° 4' 42"N, 136° 56' 0"E)
     Recommended::   (35° 4' 42"N, 136° 56' 0"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 1.1 m apart

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 14 approved meteorites from Chubu, Japan (plus 2 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 56 approved meteorites from Japan (plus 12 unapproved names)
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