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Torino meteorite, Turin, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° 4' 53'' North , 7° 36' 48'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 45.08144,7.61357
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Meteorite Class:H6 chondrite meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class: H6
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Meteorite Torino, Torino, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italia


Torino, Italy

Fell May 18, 1988, 13:40 hrs

Stone. Ordinary chondrite (H6).

A number of stones totalling about 977 g in weight were recovered. A large stone of about 800 g fell in the Aeritalia parking (the aerospace company Aeritalia nowadays is named Thales Alenia Space Italia) in Corso Marche, City of Turin, a foot away from a parked car and was immediately recovered [It is curious that the company produces also impact shields to protect spacecrafts from meteorites and orbital debris]. The meteorite has been named Torino; the largest fragment, A (Aeritalia), has a mass of 452 g. Three smaller fragments were later recovered at Pianezza (27 g) and in the Collegno municipal territory, namely in Collegno town (50 g) and at Villaggio Leumann (100 g), in a roughly triangular area of 18 km2.

The principal components, observed by SEM-EDS, seem to be olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, kamacite and abundant metallic phases.

Classification: N. Bhandari (1989). See also Bhandari et al. (1989). Olivine analysis, Fa18 A. Graham (1989) pers. comm.

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Bhandari, N., Bonino, G., Callegari, E., Cini Castagnoli, G., Mathew, K.J., Padia, J.T., Queirazza, G. (1989) The Torino, H6, meteorite shower. Meteoritics, 24, 29–34.
Ortalli, I., Pedrazzi, G. (1990) Study of the Torino meteorite. Hyperfine Interactions, 57, 1-4, 2275-2278.
Wieler, R., Graf, T., Signer, P., Vogt, S., Herzog, G.F., Tuniz, C., Fink, D., Fifield, L.K., Klein, J., Middleton, R., Jull, A.J.T., Pellas, P., Masarik, J., Dreibus, G. (1996) Exposure history of the Torino meteorite. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 31, 2, 265-272.

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