GAO Meteorite

Type: Chondrite

Discovered - Burkina Faso, Africa


** Observed Fall, March 5, 1960, **


Gao–Guenie is an H5 ordinary chondrite meteorite that fell on Burkina Faso, West Africa, on March 5, 1960. The fall was composed of many fragments and it is one of the largest observed meteorite showers in Africa to date.


Gao–Guenie meteorites fell in Burkina Faso on March 5, 1960, at 17:00 (local time). After three separate detonations, several thousands of stones rained down over an area of about 70 square kilometers (27 sq mi). The sound of the fall was heard as far as Ouagadougou, which is 100 kilometers (62 mi) away. Eyewitnesses said that some trees were broken and henhouses destroyed. The largest stones recovered weigh up to 10 kilograms (22 lb).


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GAO Meteorite

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