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Ensisheim

A.4.1. Ensisheim. A 500 year-old fall A hero

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A 500-year-old fall

Around 11:30 A.M. on November 16, 1492, a young boy saw a large stone plummet from the sky and land in a wheat field near the town of Ensisheim in Alsace, France. This fall is the earliest one witnessed in the Western world from which meteorite samples have been preserved.

The Ensisheim meteorite was considered a sign of good luck from God. Immediately after it fell, people began chipping off pieces as sacred souvenirs. Fragments of Ensisheim can be found in museum collections all over the world.

Collection Information

ENSISHEIM

Fell November 16, 1492

Alsace, France

LL6

AMNH 448

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Meteorites--History

Audience: General