Youxi Meteorite

Youxi Meteorite Quick Facts

  • Name: Youxi
  • Year Discovered: 2006
  • Approximate Recovery Location: 3265+2X Xinyangzhen, Youxi County, Sanming, Fujian, China
  • Precise Recovery Location: (26.06, 118.01)
  • Mass: 218000 grams
  • Classification: Mesosiderite-C
  • Discovery Type: Found
  • Condition: Valid

More Details About the Youxi Meteorite

The Youxi meteorite was discovered in 2006. It was recovered in 3265+2X Xinyangzhen, Youxi County, Sanming, Fujian, China (26.06, 118.01). It has a mass of 218000 grams.

Youxi is considered a “Valid” meteorite. “Valid” meteorites are typical meteorites with average weathering, while “relict” meteorites are those that have been extremely altered, either due to weathering over time or human intervention.

Youxi’s official classification is Mesosiderite-C. The Mesosiderite-C classification refers to a unique type of meteorite that is a blend of rocky (silicate) and metallic materials in roughly equal parts, with the rocky part primarily composed of igneous rock fragments. This particular classification falls under the ‘C’ petrologic class of mesosiderites, indicating specific characteristics or features unique to this class within the broader family of these mixed-material meteorites.

The Youxi meteorite is a “Found” meteorite. Meteorites are classified as “falls” if they were observed falling and recovered, while “finds” are those discovered later, often weathered by longer exposure to Earth’s environment and without a record of being seen as they fell.

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Last Updated: 1/18/24

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