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Příbram meteorite

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The Příbram meteorite fell on 7 April 1959 east of Příbram, former Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).[1] Four pieces were found, the largest having a mass of 4.425 kilograms (9.76 lb) (near the village of Luhy, Dolní Hbity municipality).

Příbram meteorite
Meteorites Příbram and Morávka.jpg
Pieces of Příbram and Morávka meteorites
ClassOrdinary chondrite
Regionnear Příbram
Observed fallYes
Fall date1959-04-07 19:30
Found date1959-04-09 (Luhy)
TKW5.73 kilograms (12.6 lb)

Příbram was the first meteorite whose trajectory was tracked by multiple cameras recording the associated fireball. This allowed its trajectory to be calculated leading to a determination of its orbit and aiding its recovery.[2]


Four pieces were found with a total weight of 5.730 kilograms (12.63 lb) out of an estimated 53 kilograms (117 lb) weight before break-up.[3] The largest piece found was probably only the second largest overall.[4] These four pieces were subsequently named after the villages near which they were found:[3]

  • 4.425 kilograms (9.76 lb) Luhy (Dolní Hbity municipality)
  • 0.772 kilograms (1.70 lb) Velká (Kamýk nad Vltavou municipality)
  • 0.428 kilograms (0.94 lb) Hojšín (Svatý Jan municipality)
  • 0.105 kilograms (0.23 lb) Drážkov (Svatý Jan municipality)

All pieces are on display in the Czech National Museum in Prague.


The fall was preceded by a bright bolide seen throughout what was then western Czechoslovakia. The light extended to 50 kilometres (31 mi).[1] At an altitude of about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi), the meteor broke up. One loud and several quieter explosions were heard.[1] The meteorite was found to have penetrated ploughed land to a depth of 20 centimetres (7.9 in), bounced, and fallen 30 centimetres (12 in) further on.[1]



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  1. ^ a b c d "Pribram". Meteoritical Bulletin Database. Meteoritical Society. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ Darling, David. "Príbram meteorite". Encyclopedia of Science. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Příbram — první meteorit na světě s rodokmenem". Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  4. ^ "ČRo: Příbramský meteorit - 44 let". Retrieved 18 October 2014.

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