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    NWA 8306 - Among the Rarest Substances on Earth, A Select Partial Slice of the Moon
    Lunar Feldspathic Breccia
    Sahara Desert, Northwest Africa


    Specimens of the Moon are among the most exotic objects on Earth, and this Lot is a partial slice of a lunar Meteorite-a specimen of the Moon that was launched off the lunar surface following an asteroid impact and which later landed on Earth. NWA 8306 was the 8306th Meteorite to be recovered from the North West African (NWA) grid of the Sahara Desert and then analyzed by scientists. Found in 2013, NWA 8306 was authenticated by Dr. Tony Irving-one of the world's foremost experts in the identification of lunar Meteorites. Lunar samples are readily identified by their highly specific geological, mineralogical, chemical and radiation signatures. The minerals comprising the Moon's crust are limited, and the most common of Earth's minerals are not found on the Moon. NWA 8306 is a feldspathic breccia, rich with angular fragments of the off-white mineral anorthosite. Solar wind vesicles, as well as iron-rich pyroxenes and olivines, have also been identified. Less than 0.1% of all Meteorites are lunar in origin, with less than 350 lbs. (159 kg) of Meteorites from the Moon known in existence. This offering is a superior partial slice of the Moon accompanied by the scientific abstract on NWA 8306 along with a Letter of Authenticity.
    Overall Measurements: 2.21 x 2.30 x 0.07 inches (5.62 x 5.85 x 0.18 cm), weighs 10.39 gm (0.38 oz.)


    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    3rd Thursday
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