DescriptionMUONIONALUSTA METEORITE SPHERE - CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE DRAMATIZED IN THREE DIMENSIONS
Iron, Octahedrite IVA
Norrbottens, Sweden (67° 48'N, 23° 6'E)
Muonionalusta is located in northern Sweden above the Arctic Circle, where reindeer are considered a cash crop. While meteorite hunters have unearthed a few of these in recent years, it was back in 1906 that children discovered the first Muonionalusta meteorite while engaging in that favorite childhood pastime: kicking rocks. One of the local kids kicked a rock and was immediately sorry that he did. Later, the heavy object of his affection was found to be an Iron meteorite. Professor A.G. Höbom; a meteorite researcher with a sadistic sense of humor, named it Muonionalusta after a spot on a nearby river. Most Muonionalusta meteorites are perfect for slicing as their exteriors' are weathered, indistinct and shapeless. However, when you cut through a Muonionalusta then its true beauty appears. Covering the entire surface of this perfect sphere is the striking three-dimensional display of Muonionalusta's radiant octahedral crystalline structure: the Widmanstätten Pattern. A pattern that is diagnostic in the identification of Iron meteorites and formed from the two Nickel-Iron alloys that make up octahedrite meteorites - Kamacite and Taenite. The pattern requires a cooling period of millions of years to properly crystallize, and this can only occur in the vacuum of outer space. The result of that slow cooling is visible proof of its un-Earthly origin. This is a choice three-dimensional display of Muonionalusta's crystalline nature shaped by humans into an extraterrestrial marble.
Overall Measurements: 2.02 inches (5.13 cm) in diameter, weighs 558 gm (1 lb. 3.68 ozs.)
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