Mangui (曼桂)

L6 meteorite fall on 1 June 2018 at ~21:43 (CST, UTC+08:00) in Manlun (曼伦) and MANGUI (曼桂), Menghai County (勐海县), Autonomous Dai Prefecture Xishuangbanna (西双版纳) in Yunnan (云南), China

The 1280-gram specimen found near Mangui (曼桂) on 7 June 2018.

Exact fall location of first meteorite found in Manlun.

A meteorite, an ordinary chondrite (L6 / 84 g), was found by a local villager in the early morning of 2 June 2018. The meteorite hit a roof tile of his house in the village of Manlun (Mànlún/曼伦) in Menghai County (勐海县) and left a hole in the roof. In the evening of 1 June while watching TV the owner Mr. Yán Xiāng (岩香) heard a sound (呜呜), similar to the sound of an airplane, and then a loud noise. Since it was Children’s Day he thought some child had thrown a rock on his roof. The following morning at around 9 am he saw the hole in the roof and found the meteorite on the second floor of the house, next to the broken roof tile. His daughter told him about the continuing coverage of the large bolide above Jinghong in a social media network. Yán wanted to know if the stone he had found was in fact a meteorite and sent a video and two photos of the meteorite to Jiang Wei (蒋维) on 2 June. The exact location of the fall has not been published so far, but the most likely fall location would be this one: 22.001284, 100.196186. Yán and his wife Yùhǎn (玉罕) initially were reluctant to sell their meteorite because they considered it ‘a gift from the heavens’. With the help of three to four guards sent by the local village committee who in turns protected the meteorite the family exhibited their meteorite, covered by a protective glass case, to the public in the garage next to their home for a few days from 7 a.m. in the morning. Many people came to ‘worship’ the meteorite. Eventually on 8 June the family was offered a high amount of money for the broken roof tile and the 84-g-meteorite. This made the family sell the meteorite to an anonymous buyer.
In the morning of 2 June a second meteorite (~ 150 g) was found in Manlun, Menghai County. It fell into the cowshed of mister Yán Guāng (岩光), the director of Manlun’s village committee, who found it after he had been told by his family that the cowshed had been struck by lightning. The meteorite crashed through a thin blue roof, hit the concrete floor, fragmented into five pieces and left a shallow fist-sized impact pit at location 21°59’55″N 100°11’30″E. Yán Guāng (岩光) kept the meteorite fragments. In the morning of 3 June Jiang Wei (蒋维) and Zhang Baolin (张宝林) arrived at the fall location to investigate the finds of which six were meteorites. In the afternoon another 20 specimens could be found. On 4 June it was reported that in the meantime between 100 and 200 meteorites, many small ones (2-5 cm), had been found by the villagers of the area. The largest meteorite weighs 1228 grams. Different sources claim there are some larger specimens weighing between 500 and 600 grams. Many meteorites have been sold to national and international dealers or collectors who had traveled to the area from Guangdong, Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming and others from 2 June. At least 600 locals were searching for meteorites in the rice and sugarcane fields of the area. All in all an estimated number of 3000 people were actively searching for meteorites in the area. The soil is soft and muddy after intense rainfalls hit the area from 2 June and continued on 5 June. On 4 June Mr. Jiang Wei (蒋维) sent some meteorite fragments he had bought from a local villager on 3 June to the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS) in Beijing for analysis, classification and registration as witnessed fall in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database. On 5 June Mr. Yan (岩), a villager from Mànlǎng (曼朗) found a 717-g-specimen, the second largest known specimen of the fall, in a shallow impact pit in a tea garden. On 8 June it was reported that a 1228-gram-specimen had been found about 4.35 km from Manlun the day before. The meteorite was accidentally found by Ms. Yu Xianghuai (玉香怀) while picking tea in the tea garden of Yan Wenxiang’s (岩温香对) family at location 22°02’6″N 100°10’29″E near the village of Màngui (曼桂). When she found the hole in the ground on a flat path next to a row of tea bushes on a steep hillside on 7 June Ms. Yu Xianghuai (玉香怀) knew she had not seen it there before, which made her become curious. She lowered her crutch into the hole, hit something hard and heard a sound that could not come from some earth being hit. She went away to tell her family. The impact hole Ms. Yu Xianghuai (玉香怀) found had a diameter of 13 cm and a depth of 25 cm. The meteorite seems to have hit the ground at an angle of ~ 70 degrees. At about 2.20 p.m. Yan Wenxiang (岩温香对) took the meteorite out of the muddy impact hole. The intact ground around the impact hole including the hole itself was recovered between 13-16 August after negotiations between Zhang Bo (张勃) and Ms. Yu Xianghuai (玉香怀) who had decided to donate it to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum where it arrived on 18 August to be exhibited at a press conference of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in the early afternoon of 25 August 2018. Both Mangui 1 (1228 g) and Mangui 2 (717 g) have been bought by Zhang Bo (张勃) and will be loaned to the new Shanghai Planetarium to be exhibited there from 2020. On 9 June it was reported that a 640-gram-specimen had been found in a wood near a village (22°1’4″, 100°11’41”) 1.84 km north of the fall location of the first find in Manlun. It apparently hit a larger rock on impact. Other meteorites were found in the villages Mànyàn (曼燕), Mànzhuāng (曼庄), and Mànhǎilóng (曼海龙). On 12 June it was reported that the meteorite had been classified by Xú Wěibiāo (徐伟彪), a scientist with Purple Mountain Observatory at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as an L6 ordinary chondrite. Apparently, on 12 June the name MANGUI (曼桂) was officially applied for at the Meteorite Nomenclature Committee (NomCom). On 9 July it was reported that the Yunnan Provincial Department of Land and Resources had sent a team to the strewn field to conduct a field investigation of the meteorite fall. The strewn field is reported to cover an area of more than 10 villages and is about 10 km long and 1-2 kilometers wide covering an area of about 10-20 square kilometers. It is estimated that more than 500 meteorites with a total weight of not more than 50 kilograms had been found by 25 August 2018. On 31 August MANGUI was officially registered in the Meteoritical Bulletin.

Ms. Yu Xianghuai (玉香怀) presenting her 1228-gram specimen found in a tea garden near Mangui (曼桂) on 7 June 2018.

The 1228-gram specimen found near Mangui (曼桂) on 7 June 2018.

Photo: Weibao Hsu, Sen Hu

Impact pit of the 1228-gram specimen in a tea plantation at location 22°02’6″N 100°10’29″E near Mangui (曼桂). Photo: unknown

Impact hole. Up is north.

Impact hole. Up is north.

Impact pit of the 1228-gram specimen in tea plantation near Mangui (曼桂). Up is west.

Photo: Weibao Hsu, Sen Hu. Up is north.

The Mangui 1 impact hole being excarvated by members of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, after Zhang Bo (张勃) and Ms. Yu Xianghuai (玉香怀) had decided to donate it.

Photo: baijiahao

Photo: baijiahao

Video: the paper (25 August 2018)

Mangui 1 (1228 g, found near Mangui (曼桂) on 7 June) and Mangui 2 (717 g, found in Mànlǎng (曼朗) on 5 June) exhibited at a press conference on 25 August 2018. Photos: Wang Rongjiang

Mangui 1

Mangui 2

Video: the paper (25 August 2018)

640-gram-specimen, Photo: Ziyao Wang

Video of the 84-g-meteorite found by Yán Xiāng (岩香) in the morning of 2 June 2018.

Close-up of the meteorite found by Yán Xiāng (岩香)

The find location of the meteorite on the second floor of the house next to a roof tile.

Manlun (曼伦). Image: The Cover

Impact hole in a roof tile of Yán Xiāng’s (岩香) house.

Impact hole seen from inside Yán Xiāng’s (岩香) house with the impact hole in the roof.

Home owner Mr. Yán Xiāng (岩香) in front of his house with the hole in the roof. Image: CCTV

The meteorite which fell on Yán Xiāng’s (岩香) house on 1 June 2018. Photo:

The meteorite which was found by Yán Xiāng (岩香) in Manlun (曼伦), Menghai County (勐海县) in the morning of 2 June 2018.

Video by Bofang Li

Zhang Baolin being interviewed at Yán Xiāng’s (岩香) house in Manlun (曼伦), Menghai County on 3 June 2018.

A larger specimen found by a local woman (estimated size 5.5 x 3.5 cm).

A meteorite found in a sugarcane field on 4 June 2018. Image: read01

Some found meteorite fragments.

Small specimens found by an elderly local woman.

A small meteorite embedded in the soft soil of a sugarcane field.

An impact hole in the curved roof of the cowshed of Yán Guāng (岩光) at location 21°59’55″N 100°11’30″E in Manlun (曼伦). The meteorite hit the concrete floor, fragmented on impact and left a small impact pit on it.Photo:

Impact pit on the concrete floor of the cowshed and meteorite fragments.

Audiovisual recordings of the bolide

Video of the bolide seen above the city of Jinghong (景洪), moving west. At least two loud detonation sounds were heard. A muffled sound was heard in Jinghong about one to two minutes after the bolide. Mr. Li (李), a villager from Manlun, is reported to have heard a helicopter-like sound.

Another video of the bolide recorded with a dashcam.

The bolide recorded with a dashcam, while driving on road G214 crossing the New Bridge above the Upper Mekong (Lancang Jiang) river, from east to west, in the city of Jinghong (景洪). The camera location was somewhere here: 22°00’50.6″N, 100°48’23.3″E .

Another video showing the bolide.

Animated gif of video showing bolide from unknown location.

Scientific literature

Petrography, mineral chemistry and shock metamorphism of the Mangui meteorite

Jianglong Ji, Sen Hu, Yangting Lin, Qin Zhou, Yuan Xiao

Chinese Science Bulletin, Volume 64, Issue 5-6: 579-587(2019)


“The Mangui meteorite, also known as the Xishuangbanna meteorite, fell in Menghai, Xishuangbanna Dai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China at ~9:45 pm on June 1, 2018. More than 500 fragments of Mangui were collected a total mass of ~50 kg. The mass of the largest fragment is ~1228 g. Mangui has a black fusion crust, a light gray exposure surface, and contains many black shock melt veins and pockets. In this work, the classification of Mingui and its shock history are investigated by studying its petrology, mineral chemistry, and the nature of its shock assemblages. Mangui is mainly composed of olivine, pyroxene, feldspar, Fe-Ni metal, troilite, chromite, merrillite and apatite, showing typical petrologic features of an ordinary chondrite. Relict chondrules are observed in hand specimens but their boundaries are less clear under FE-SEM. Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA) shows that the chemical compositions of olivine (Fa25.1±0.3 mol%(n=71)), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs21.1±0.3Wo1.5±0.2 mol% (n=58)) and plagioclase Ab84.1±0.7Or7.3±0.4 mol%(n=49)) in Mangui are relatively homogeneous. The petrographic type of Mangui is classified as type 6 by the coarse grains of secondary plagioclase, the homogeneous compositions of olivine and pyroxene, the recrystallization of matrix and blurry boundaries of relict chondrules. The chemical group of Mangui is L based on the average Fa content of olivine (Fe/(Fe+Mg)×100, atomic percentage, 25.1±0.3, n=71) and the average Fs content of pyroxene (Fe/ (Fe+Mg+Ca)×100, atomic percentage, 21.1±0.3, n=58). Therefore, the Mangui meteorite is classified as an L6 ordinary chondrite.

The Mangui parent body experienced strong shock metamorphism with the widespread distribution of shock melt veins with widths up to 600 μm. Shock induced melt pockets were also observed. Micron-sized olivine and pyroxene in the center of the shock melt veins display chemical zonation, suggesting that they recrystallized from the shock induced melt. Plagioclase in the shock melt veins has transformed into maskelynite. Two high pressure polymorphs, jadeite and majorite, occur in the shock melt veins and melt pockets as measured by Raman analysis. Jadeite usually displays granular textures in these assemblages as euhedral to sub-euhedral crystals. Majorite was only found in one jadeite assemblage, occurring as inclusions in outer rim of an assemblage. The co-occurrence of majorite and jadeite indicate shock pressures from 17–20 GPa at temperatures ranging from 1900–2000°C. However, ringwoodite, whitlockite and other high pressure polymorphs have not been identified in the shock melt veins pockets. The occurrences of maskelynite, jadeite and majorite, and widespread distribution of shock melt veins and pockets suggest the shock stage of Mangui as S5. The absence of ringwoodite and tuite probably attribute to slow post-shock cooling rates, suggesting that the Mangui parent body experienced strong shock metamorphism with a subsequent slow post-shock cooling history. TEM and XRD work will be performed to better constrain the formation mechanisms of jadeite and majorite and their P-T-t histories. Furthermore, we aim on modelling the impact conditions on the Mangui parent body such as impact velocity, and parent body-impactor sizes by further study of the high-pressure minerals in shock-melt veins of the Mangui meteorite.”


The short documentary film 流星之吻 (Meteor Kiss) of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum about the acquisition and 3-month conservation of the meteorite impact hole of the 1228-gram mass won the ‘gold award’ of the AVICOM (International Committee for Audiovisual, New Technologies and Social Media) at the International Audio-Visual Multimedia festival on 2 September 2019 in Kyoto.

流星之吻 (Meteor Kiss)