Claxton meteorite

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Claxton
Type Chondrite
Class Ordinary chondrite
Group L6
Country United States of America
Region Georgia
Coordinates 32°09′N 81°54′W / 32.150°N 81.900°W / 32.150; -81.900Coordinates: 32°09′N 81°54′W / 32.150°N 81.900°W / 32.150; -81.900[1]
Observed fall Yes
Fall date December 10, 1984
Found date December 10, 1984
TKW 1.46 kg

Claxton[1] is an L6 chondrite meteorite that fell to earth on December 10, 1984 in Georgia, United States. It is the only known meteorite to directly strike a mailbox.[2]

Mailbox strike[edit]

According to the eyewitness account of Claxton, Georgia resident Don Richardson, the meteorite struck his neighbor's mailbox about 36 metres (118 ft) from his position.[3] The rear of the mailbox was crushed and the mailbox was knocked to the ground. A collector bought the mailbox from the homeowner and sold it to the Macovich Collection where it is valued at $60,000–$80,000.[4]

Classification[edit]

It is an ordinary chondrite type L6 with a light grey interior containing chondrules and free iron.[4]

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