Campo del Cielo,
Iron, coarse octahedrite
Gran Chaco, Argentina
In 1576, nearly 4,000 years after it collided with Earth, Campo del Cielo was first documented by Spanish explorers who recorded the location and endeavored to extract precious metals from the curiously heavy masses of unknown origin. It was not until 1962 that a comprehensive study of the locality was made. The present example, exhibiting the coarse octahedrite pattern which characterizes the meteorite, has been formed into a sphere.
Weighs 532 grams. Diameter 2 1/8in