The most beautiful of all

Most meteorites tumble along the length of their flight after entering the Earth’s atmosphere, and are covered by an evenly melted crust when striking the Earth. It is very rare for meteorites to maintain a specific orientation throughout the flight. This results in the formation of clear front and rear sides that show significantly different surface structures.
Before arriving at the Earth’s surface on 27 March 1886, "Cabin Creek" was aimed like a spearhead, and its surface was melted at different rates by atmospheric erosion during its high altitude flight. The difference between the conical front side and the flat rear with a significantly smoother melted crust is particularly pronounced. As a result, "Cabin Creek" is regarded as the most beautiful example of an oriented meteorite.

© NHM Wien, Lois Lammerhuber