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Part of Hall of Meteorites.

A meteorite that fell on L'aigle, France in 1803. A brownish rock with rusty reddish flecks on its surface.

Exhibition Text

Final proof

On April 26, 1803, meteorites rained down on the town of L'Aigle in Normandy, France. A number of people, including French officials, witnessed this shower of stones, which firmly established that meteorites can and do drop from the sky. After L'Aigle, museums and private collectors began to include meteorites in their collections.

Collection Information


Fell April, 26, 1803

Orne, France


AMNH 481

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Astrogeology

Audience: General