DescriptionHENBURY METEORITE - ENGAGING SPECIMEN ON PEDESTAL
Iron - IIIAB
Northern Territory, Australia - (24° 34'S, 133° 10'E)
Falling to Earth approximately 5,000 years ago, the Henbury event is one of the greatest meteorite showers on record. Originally discovered in 1931 following reports of Aborigines using metallic stone tools, the Henbury event resulted in more than one dozen distinct, documented meteorite craters. Among the most prized iron meteorites, Aborigines refer to Henbury fragments as "sun...tail...fire...devil...stones," prompting sociologists to wonder if the Henbury impact was a witnessed event.This fabulous specimen is an etched end-cut featuring a classic natural patina which gives the piece a contrasting light and dark brown coloration across numerous regmaglypt "thumbprints" that dot all of the non-etched surfaces of the meteorite. This Henbury example features the duality of the natural texture across the majority of the piece with the added bonus of a flat cut end showing a metallic etched pattern in sharp contrast to the rest of it. 13.33 x 10.16 x 11.43 cm (5.25 x 4.0 x 4.5 inches) and 3661.5 grams (8.07 pounds).
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