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Encyclopedia > Nakhla meteorite

The Nakhla meteorite, the first and eponymous example of a Nakhlite type meteorite of the SNC Group type of meteorites, fell to Earth on the 28th of June, 1911, at approximately 09:00 in the Nakhla region of Abu Hommos, Alexandria, Egypt. The meteorite fell in forty pieces and was witnessed by many individuals to have exploded in the upper atmosphere and to have fallen into the ground, the fragments burying themselves up a meter in depth in some places. A Martian meteorite is a meteorite, that has landed on Earth but is believed to have originated from Mars. ... June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 186 days remaining. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... For other uses, see Alexandria (disambiguation). ...

The Nakhla Dog

One such fragment of the Nakhla meteorite was said to be observed by a farmer named Mohammed Ali Effendi Hakim in the village of Denshal, near Nakhla, to have landed, not only in his field, but on a dog and, apparently, vaporized the animal. Since, therefore, no remains of the dog were ever recovered and only one known eyewitness to the dog's death is known, this story remains apocryphal at best. However, the story of the Nakhla dog has become something of a legend among astronomers and is even recorded in several additions of The Catalog of Meteorites.

At the time, the dog's death publicized in both Arabic and English newspapers as being the first recoded death of an animal, including humans, by a meteorite, though since then both the facts as to whether a dog was actually killed by meteorite in Nakhla and the notion that this was the first ever recoded animal fatality by meteorite have come into question.

Martian Origins

The Nakhal meteorite is now believed to have originated on Mars as part of the ejecta of the impact of another large body colliding with the Martian surface. The Nakhal meteorite is believed to have been thrown into space by the blast and travelled through the solar system for unknown period of time before striking the Earth's atmosphere and landing on in Egypt in 1911. This is the current Astronomy collaboration of the week! Please help improve it to featured article standard. ... In volcanology, ejecta consists of particles that came out of a volcanic vent, traveled though the air or under water, and fell back on the ground surface or on the ocean floor. ...

Furthermore, in 1999, scientists postulated that aspects of the Nakhal meteorite might support the evidence of life having existed on Mars brought about by the examination of the ALH 84001 Martian meteorite from Antarctica. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... meteorite fragment ALH84001 ALH84001 (Allen Hills, 1984 #001) is a meteorite found in Allen Hills, Antarctica in December 1984 by a team of US meteorite hunters from the ANSMET project. ... A Martian meteorite is a meteorite that has landed on Earth but is believed to have originated from Mars. ...

External links

  • Images of the Nakhal Meteorite
  • A page dedicated to the legend of the Nakhal Dog "The Nakhla Dog: A Century of Conflict"
  • Nakhla SNC Martian Meteorite at the New England Meteoritical Services webpage



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