A meteorite of carbonaceous chondrite type, which fell at Orgueil, near Montauban in southern France, on 1864 May 14. Twenty fragments totalling 11 kg were collected, and it was identified as of CI1 type. CI carbonaceous chondrites are the most chemically primitive of meteorites and are rare. The Orgueil meteorite was found to have a substantial content of organic compounds.
Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.