Ourique (meteorite)

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Ourique meteorite, Portugal - University of Arizona Mineral Museum - University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ - DSC08466.jpg
ClassOrdinary chondrite
Compositionolivine Fa18.3; pyroxene Fs16.4;
Coordinates37°36′30″N 8°16′48″W / 37.60833°N 8.28000°W / 37.60833; -8.28000Coordinates: 37°36′30″N 8°16′48″W / 37.60833°N 8.28000°W / 37.60833; -8.28000[1]
Observed fallYes
Fall dateDecember 28, 1998
TKW>20 kg

Ourique is a H4 meteorite fallen in 1998 in Portugal.


During the night between 27 and 28 December 1998, a brilliant fireball and loud noises were reported by several people in Beja region.

Antonio Silva recovered the first fragments two days after the fall and, subsequently, local villagers recovered other pieces. The meteorite made an elliptical crater 20 centimetres (7.9 in) deep, 60 centimetres (24 in) long and 30 centimetres (12 in) wide. Most of all fragments were found within an elliptical area long 55 metres (180 ft).

Composition and classification[edit]

It is a H4 type ordinary chondrite with a well-developed chondritic structure. Chemical analysis reported: olivine Fa18.3 and pyroxene Fs16.4.

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