Ensisheim meteorite in the town's museum
|Fall date||7 November 1492|
|Found date||7 November 1492|
|TKW||127 kg (280 lb)|
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The Ensisheim meteorite is a stony meteorite that fell on November 7, 1492 in a wheat field outside the walled town of Ensisheim in then Alsace, Further Austria (now France). The meteorite can still be seen in Ensisheim's museum, the sixteenth-century Musée de la Régence.
The fall of the meteorite through the Earth's atmosphere was observed as a fireball at a distance of up to 150 kilometres from where it eventually landed. Residents of the walled town and nearby farms and villages gathered at the location to raise the meteorite from its impact hole and began removing pieces of it. A local magistrate interfered with the destruction of the stone, in order to preserve the object for King Maximilian, the son of the reigning Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III. A piece of the meteorite was sent to Cardinal Piccolomini (later Pope Pius III) at the Vatican along with a number of related verses written by Brant.
Sebastian Brant (1458–1521), satirist and author of Das Narrenschiff, described the meteorite and its fall in the poem "Loose Leaves Concerning the Fall of the Meteorite". Brant created broadsheets in Latin and German with a poem about the meteorite describing it as an omen. The fall is also described in Folio 257 of the Nuremberg Chronicle.
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- Media related to Ensisheim meteorite at Wikimedia Commons