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Ybbsitz   contributed by Paul Swartz, IMCA 5204   MetBul Link

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11.85 kg.   H4

TKW 15 kg. Fall not observed. Found in 1977, near Ybbsitz, Austria.

Paul writes:
Note the shatter cones in the exposed area.

I visited the Vienna Natural History Museum (NHM) in May of this year. The NHM has the largest meteorite display in the world. I felt like a kid in a candy store when I entered the Hall of Meteorites :)

The Meteorite Hall has been completely revamped and provides a stunning experience. In conjunction with the re-opening of the Hall, the NHM published a book about its meteorite collection (photo 2). Naturally, it has lots of first-rate photos. Check it out here.

Dr. Ludovic Ferriere, the Curator of the Rock Collection and co-curator of the Meteorite Collection, was kind enough to give me a behind-the-scenes tour on a day when the museum was closed. He told me there are about 1,100 specimens of 650 different meteorites on exhibit, which represents 12% of the collection.

The museum is forbidden by law to sell any part of the collection and they have ceased trading, so they are dependent on donations of material and money to expand the collection. For more information:

It is the policy of the NHM to allow visitors to photograph the exhibits, but only for personal use. Pictures cannot be used for commercial purposes without written permission. The MPOD is in the personal use category so I am able to post some of the pictures I took, which I will do over the next several months.

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Craig Moody
 7/19/2014 2:11:15 PM
Nice looking stone, with definite shattercones within. It is possible that these were formed when the parent body was struck, launching this piece on a multi-million mile trek to Earth.
Robert Verish
 7/17/2014 1:06:39 PM
Very interesting-looking specimen. Instructional. Thanks for posting this stone.
Paul Swartz
 7/16/2014 4:57:12 PM
The mysterious "1" strikes again!
Graham Macleod
 7/16/2014 3:01:24 AM
what a great crust and patina on this extra large H4, the exposed matrix looks to have a shatter cone like appearance. Thanks

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