Aarhus (meteorite)

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Mindesten for meteornedslag i Aarhus.jpg
Memorial stone for the 300 g part found in Riis Skov. The contours of this piece is depicted.
Type Chondrite
Class Ordinary chondrite
Group H6
Country Denmark
Region Region Midtjylland
Coordinates 56°11′N 10°14′E / 56.183°N 10.233°E / 56.183; 10.233Coordinates: 56°11′N 10°14′E / 56.183°N 10.233°E / 56.183; 10.233[1]
Observed fall Yes
Fall date October 2, 1951
TKW 720g (300g and 420g)

Aarhus is an H chondrite meteorite that fell to earth on October 2, 1951 in Aarhus, Denmark. The meteor split just before the otherwise undramatic impact and two pieces were recovered. They are known as Aarhus I (at 300g) and Aarhus II (at 420g). Aarhus I was found in the small woodland of Riis Skov, just a few minutes after impact.[2][3]


It is an H chondrite and belongs to the petrologic type 6, so it was assigned to the H6 group.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Meteoritical Bulletin Database: Aarhus
  2. ^ Grady, Monica M (31 August 2000). Catalogue of Meteorites. London: Natural History Museum, Cambridge University Press. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-521-66303-8. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Aarhus-meteoret". StenoMusen 15 (in Danish). The Steno Museum. October 2001. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 30 April 2014. . Pictures of the pieces.