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Meteorites from Russian explosion going up for raffle

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

You could own pieces of the meteor that recently exploded over Russia.

The Planetary Science Institute in Tucson has obtained two meteorite specimens from the Feb. 15 blast, which blew out windows and injured hundreds in the Ural Mountains in southwest Russia.

The asteroid, which measured about 20 meters across and weighed 11,000 tons, was traveling about 41,000 mph when it exploded 15 miles above the ground, causing a bright flash, producing a strong shock wave and depositing small fragmentary meteorites across the region.

One of the specimens obtained by PSI is a 1.49 gram half stone, oblong shield-shaped leading edge with an obverse broken faced side, while the other is a 5.15 gram, about 60 percent fusion crusted, with matrix visible through impact breaks. Each meteorite is more than a centimeter wide and tall.

Two lucky winners will each take home one of theRussian meteorites at PSI's annual fundraising dinner May 8, where the specimens will be raffled off.

Visit for more information on the meteorite raffle and dinner.

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