This spectacular Diogenite
fell on October 27th, 1999, Burkina Faso. TKW ~25 kilos? The
local villagers heard several loud explosions but saw nothing as
the sky was obscured by clouds that day. A few moments later
they saw many stones falling over a large area of scrub brush land
that surrounds the small local villages.
I made two trips to Burkin
Faso in 2000, and recovered many pieces from the field. There
is no more being found now, and the market has absorbed almost
all of the Bilanga available. It is one of the rarest meteorite
falls in a very long time, so it is a must for any serious collection.
This is a very interesting brecciated meteorite with tan glassy
crystals, similar to enstatite in the Aubrites. It does have
some metal. It is quite a spectacular meteorite. Bilanga is
one of those falls that collectors in the future will find crucial
but hard to get.