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Ausson
Basic information Name: Ausson
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1858
Country: France
Mass:help 50 kg
Classification
  history:
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L5
Recommended:  L5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 6697 approved meteorites (plus 4 unapproved names) classified as L5.   [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: Updated fall info
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Ausson
History (P.-M. Pelé, meteor-center.com): On December 9, 1858, in the early morning, the inhabitants of the Haute-Garonne department observed a bright meteor in the sky, then heard a loud detonation followed by a continuous rumble. The meteor moved from northeast to southwest, according to witnesses. The luminous phenomenon was not observed in Toulouse, or no witness spoke about it. Two meteorites were found: one fell in a field located at the bottom of the hill which leads to Montréjeau, near the village of Ausson, weighing between 40 and 45 kg; the other stone, weighing 8 to 10 kg, fell on a barn belonging to Mrs. Capéran, next to the Clarac church. It was noted that a hole similar to that of Ausson was observed in the commune of Cassagnabère-Tournas, located more than 20 km from Ausson, but no stone seems to have been found there. The two meteorites picked up near Ausson and in Clarac were broken by the inhabitants, and they shared the pieces. Fortunately, the members of a commission set up by the Academy of Sciences of Toulouse managed to get beautiful pieces from the fall.
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Toulouse: No contact information provided., France (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2011)
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Geography:

France
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (43° 5'N, 0° 35'E)
     Recommended::   (43° 5'N, 0° 35'E)

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Statistics:
     This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from Midi-Pyrenees, France
     This is 1 of 78 approved meteorites from France (plus 11 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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Synonymshelp: Aussen (In NHM Cat)
Aussun (In NHM Cat)
Clarac (In NHM Cat)
Montrejeau (In NHM Cat)

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