Peace River (meteorite)


Peace River
Peace River meteorite.jpg
Peace River slice
ClassOrdinary chondrite
Coordinates56°8′N 117°56′W / 56.133°N 117.933°W / 56.133; -117.933Coordinates: 56°8′N 117°56′W / 56.133°N 117.933°W / 56.133; -117.933[1]
Observed fallYes
Fall dateMarch 31, 1963
TKW45.76 kg (1964)
Strewn fieldYes

Peace River is a L6 chondrite meteorite fall on the morning of March 31, 1963.


On March 31, 1963 at 4:35 a.m. MST, a small meteoroid detonated at a height of 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) over the skies of Alberta, Canada and broke in two main fragments.[2] A bright flash was visible at a distance of over 100 miles and strong booming detonations were heard.

As soon as enough data was obtained and the snow melted, the search for the fragments began. The first fragment was recovered on April 24 near Mahood farm, 39 kilometres (24 mi) southwest of Peace River town, by John Westgate and R. E. Folinsbee.[1]


The ellipse of scattering spawn for about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) in length.[3]


It was classified as shocked L6 chondrite.

See also


  1. ^ a b Meteoritical Bulletin Database: Peace River
  2. ^ Monica M. Grady, Catalogue of meteorites, Cambridge University Press, 2000. ISBN 0-521-66303-2
  3. ^ Peace River strewnfield