|The Sikhote-Alin meteorite fall was a massive impact event
that occured on February 12th 1947, approximaetely 440km
northeast of Vladivostok, Russia.
The fall of this
meteorite occured in the daytime, and was observed by many
eyewitnesses. This observational data allowed V.G. Fesenkov,
chairman of the meteorite communitee of the USSR academy of
Science, to compute the orbit of the original body. It is
most likely that the former orbt of the Sikhote-Alin
meteoroid is similar to that of many other small bodies of
the solar system. It is ellipse-shaped, and its point of
greatest distance from the sun lies within the asteroid
belt. This suggests that the creation of the meteoroid, and
its subsequent passage to Earth, was precipitated by the
collision of two asteroids.
meteorite fell in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Primorye,
Russia, near the village of Paseka (approximately 440km
northeast of Vladivostok) on the morning of February 12th
1947. At around 10:30am that morning, witnesses reported a
fireball greater than the sun that came out of the North and
the deafening sound of the fall were observed for three
hundred kilometrs around the point of impact.