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Etched Muonionalusta meteorite in box
Etched Muonionalusta meteorite in box €9,95

Etched Muonionalusta meteorite in box

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Article number: VD09
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An etched Muonionalusta meteorite in a nice collector's box. Optionally, you can order a certificate of authenticity with the box.

Oldest meteorite

The Muonionalusta is a meteorite with a fine octahedrite structure, classified as type IVA. It is the oldest meteorite known to date and hit northern Scandinavia 1 million years ago. The meteorite has since survived 4 ice ages and has moved several times during this time. The meteorite is almost certainly an asteroid drifting.


Octahedrite structure

The meteorite is known for its beautiful octahedrite structures (also called Widmanstätten structures). This is the triangular structure that becomes visible when the meteorite is etched. These crystal forms are created because the meteorite took millions of years to cool. The structures are therefore unique to meteorites and do not occur on Earth because iron cools down much faster here.


Discovery of the iron meteorite

The Muonionalusta meteorite was first discovered in 1906 near the village of Kitkiöjärvi on the border of Sweden and Finland. The meteorite was first described in 1910 by Professor AG Högbom who named the meteorite after the nearby Muonio River. This is how this iron meteorite got its rather complicated name 'Muonionalusta'


Dimensions of the collection box

The collection box has a size of 5.8 x 3.8 centimeters and is 1.6 centimeters thick. The inside has a foam layer. You will always receive a box with similar content as in the photo.

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