Tatahouine From the Asteroid Vesta and Home of Luke Skywalker
Diogenites are an exotic class of meteorites that scientists believe originated from the asteroid Vestaof which Tatahouine is an example. Just outside the Tunisian town of Foum Tatahouine on July 27, 1931, a meteorite descending through the atmosphere exploded into thousands of small fragmentsmost of which weigh less than one gram.
The specimen offered herecollected by noted French meteoriticist Dr. Alain Carion and his son, Louisis an exception. Given its distinctively olive green matrix, striated black shock veins and accretions of shock melt, no other meteorite looks like Tatahouine. In a different vein, the home planet of Luke Skywalker was named Tatooine in acknowledgement of the scenes shot in Tunisia for what was to become the epic film Star Wars.
39 x 29 x 25mm and 34.5 grams
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