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    HENBURY METEORITE - END PIECE REVEALS THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF A FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN METEORITE
    Iron IIIAB
    Northern Territory, Australia

    Falling to Earth approximately 5,000 years ago, Henbury is one of the great meteorite showers on record. Over the years, meteorites have periodically been found in the Henbury strewn field (the elliptical area in which a meteorite shower is strewn across Earth's surface) in Central Australia. First found in 1931 following reports of metal stones being used by Aborogines, more than one dozen distinct meteorite craters have been documented. This end piece features the quintessential internal and external structures of a Henbury meteorite.

    The scalloped reverse is bathed in a muted oxidized patina, while the obverse has been cut to provide a reveal of its internal crystalline structure - a latticework only found in select iron meteorites. [When the planetary body from which this meteorite originated broke apart billions of years ago, the hot metallic core found few molecules in the vacuum of space to which it could transfer its heat, thus providing sufficient time - millions of years - for the molecules of the alloys kamacite and taenite to form their octahedral crystalline habit. As there is no other place other than the vacuum of space that can provide such an extended cooling curve, the presence of this pattern, known as a Widmanst├Ątten pattern, is diagnostic in the identification of meteorites.] The medium octahedral banding seen here is to be contrasted with the fine octahedral matrix of Gibeons (see lots 41217 and 41218). Showcasing superior presentations of the interior and exterior of an iron meteorite; a most handsome example. 121 x 104 x 24 mm (4.75 x 4 x 1 inches) and 959 grams (2.1 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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