Claxton meteorite


ClassOrdinary chondrite
CountryUnited States of America
Coordinates32°09′N 81°54′W / 32.150°N 81.900°W / 32.150; -81.900Coordinates: 32°09′N 81°54′W / 32.150°N 81.900°W / 32.150; -81.900[1]
Observed fallYes
Fall dateDecember 10, 1984
Found dateDecember 10, 1984
TKW1.46 kg

Claxton[1] is an L6 chondrite meteorite that fell to earth on December 10, 1984 in Georgia, United States. It is the only known meteorite to directly strike a mailbox.[2]

Mailbox strike

According to the eyewitness account of Claxton, Georgia resident Don Richardson, the meteorite struck his neighbor's mailbox about 36 metres (118 ft) from his position.[3] The rear of the mailbox was crushed and the mailbox was knocked to the ground. A collector bought the mailbox from the homeowner and sold it to the Macovich Collection where it is valued at $60,000–$80,000.[4]


It is an ordinary chondrite type L6 with a light grey interior containing chondrules and free iron.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b Meteoritical Bulletin Database: Claxton
  2. ^ "Claxton Meteorite". New England Meteoritical Services. October 2000. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  3. ^ Meteoritics, Vol. 20, 1985
  4. ^ a b "Bonhams : Historic Meteorites and Related Americana".