Cali #002

Barrio Antonio Narino

EXACT WEIGHT of this stone is unknown, estimated to have been ~35 grams. 

I have the largest fragment of this stone, and the metallic rooftop which I cut out. It weighs 14.4294 grams.

On July 6th, 2007 the Noguera-Rico family was napping in the hot afternoon. Not long after 4:30 PM, Lina Noguera heard what she thought was several thunderclaps to the north. She thought little of it, except that it was strange because it was clear outside, with no storms or clouds visible. A few minutes later, she heard a loud explosion in the house, and her father Carlos went into the bathroom and saw a light shining through a new hole in the zinc roof. In the shower stall below, was a large chip in the tile and many pieces of black and white burned rock laying in the floor. They knew something was strange because of the damage that such a small stone had done. They called a friend who was a police officer, who came over later and took some of the pieces. On the following day they saw a news report about the fireball and meteorite that had passed over the entire Cauca Valley and that another piece had hit a home not far from their own. On Monday, they called the news and reported what had happened to them. The Cali #002 meteorite became the first shower-smashing rock from space.

I bought this stone from Lina Noguera and cut out the metal roof damaged by the meteorite impact.

Click here to see the El Pais newspaper article about the recovery of this meteorite. NEWSPAPER

 

This map shows the location of the Cali #002 meteorite. It is the red dot on the far right.

 

 

 
This photo shows the house that was hit. It is an upstairs apartment. The meteorite impacted the roof just above the shower stall.
 
 
 
This is the point of impact for the Cali #002 meteorite. It penetrated the thin metallic roof and landed in the shower floor where it shattered into several fragments.
 
 
 
This is the impact point on the shower stall. The meteorite hit the floor and chipped the tile just like the Cali #001 stone. The meteorite shattered into several pieces when it hit.
 
 
 
These are the fragments from the Cali #002 stone that I bought. I am keeping the largest piece along with the rooftop.
 

 You can see the hole in the roof above me, and behind the wall is the shower stall where the meteorite impacted.

 

Myself and Lina Noguera, the lovely homeowner who sold me the meteorite and allowed me to cut out the hole in the roof. I paid for the repairs and all is back to normal for her, except she has a whole lot more money now.

 

The sign from Barrio Antonio Narino, where the Cali #002 meteorite landed.

 

The largest remaining fragment of the Cali #002 meteorite. It weighs 14.4293 grams

 

In this photo, you can clearly see the matrix is nothing but chondrules of all sizes with a high amount of sulfides.

Here is another view of the stone, with the impact hole in the metal rooftop. These two pieces will never be separated, two objects forever joined by a collision-course millions of years in the making.

 

 

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