Muonionalusta Meteorite – End Cut

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Lot 1141
Muonionalusta Meteorite – End Cut

US$ 5,000 - 7,500
£ 3,900 - 5,900

Natural History

5 Dec 2017, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

Muonionalusta Meteorite – End Cut
Iron-Nickel – Fine Octahedrite
Norrbotten, Sweden

Muonionalusta is an iron-nickel meteorite discovered in Norrbotten, Sweden in 1906. Classified as a fine octahedrite, it has one of the most beautiful Widmanstatten patterns of all meteorites, as exemplified by the present specimen. Widmanstatten patterns form when the two alloys of nickel kamacite and taenite separated in the iron core of the large asteroid that was destroyed by collision with another asteroid in the asteroid belt billions of years ago. This pattern occurs only when the iron core cools at a rate of just a few degrees per million years and is not found in any iron-nickel metals on Earth. The present large end cut has been etched on one side, displaying the gorgeous Widmanstatten pattern. The reverse side exhibits the original surface of the Muonionalusta meteorite with several distinguishing regmaglypts, desirable features which form during a meteorite's descent through Earth's atmosphere. Muonionalusta cut meteorite sections of this size are quite rare. Weighing 20 pounds; measuring 11 ¾ x 6 ½ x 2 ½in
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