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The Andolsheim meteor, 1857:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Glaneur du Haut-Rhin, France, April 12, 1857.

See the case file.


Local chronicle

Colmar. -- An aerolite was seen, falling, last Monday, April 6, between 4 and 5 p.m., in the suburb of Andolsheim, arrondissement of Colmar.

Fortunately, it happened that a competent observer, Dr. Dussourt, chief physician of the Colmar military hospital, being on the scene, was able to observe the phenomenon and determine in a fairly approximate manner, the region of the country where the bolide fell.

This circumstance gives hope that one will be able to find it without much difficulty. Some searches made these last days, did not bring yet any result; but they will continue and the higher authority has taken the necessary precautions to ensure the preservation of this precious object of natural history, if it is discovered.

The circumstances that accompany the fall of aeroliths are almost always the same.

We collected the following details about Andolsheim.

Mr. Doctor Dussourt was on the left bank of the Ill when his attention was suddenly attracted by a whistle of a particular nature, quite similar to the noise of a projectile, or of birds rapidly crossing the air.

At the same time he saw, at a height of about 100 meters, pass above him with great speed, heading from west to east, describing a steeply inclined line on the horizon, a very black body, elongated to a point in its anterior part, ending in a spherical mass. The whole measuring as far as it is possible to judge, 30 to 40 centimeters long, and appearing in the middle part to be about the size of an arm.

The short interval of time that elapsed between the appearance of the aerolith and the sound of its fall, allowed the observer to appreciate with some accuracy the distance at which it had encountered the ground.

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