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DIOGENITE NWA 4965 - METEORITE FROM THE ASTEROID VESTA. ADIO - diogenite. Sahara Desert, Morocco. ...

2013 June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction, featuring The Hoppel Collection of Fine Minerals - Dallas #5110

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Auction Ended On: Jun 2, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions - Design District Annex
1518 Slocum Street
Dallas, TX

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DIOGENITE NWA 4965 - METEORITE FROM THE ASTEROID VESTA
ADIO - diogenite
Sahara Desert, Morocco

This is a partial slice with one edge of crust of a diogenite, a type of meteorite that experienced a great deal of metamorphism prior to its arrival on Earth. As determined by data transmitted from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which recently orbited the asteroid Vesta for a year, was the sought-after proof that the HED (Howardite, Eucrite and Diogenite) subgroup of meteorites originate from Vesta-the second most massive asteroid in our solar system. (Dawn is now on its way to Ceres, the largest asteroid, where it will arrive in early 2015!) This specimen was part of a meteorite that was launched off the Vestan surface after a small asteroid slammed into Vesta, which resulted in material being ejected off the asteroid into an Earth-intersecting orbit. NWA 4965 is a polymict diogenite which features clasts cemented into a dark, fine grain matrix.
It measures 1.75 x 1 x 0.1 inches (46 x 28 x 2 mm) and weighs 8.00 grams.

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