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    HED - Achondrite (unbrecciated eucrite)

    At this very instant (March 2012), NASA's Dawn space probe is hovering near the asteroid Vesta, and the data already transmitted has confirmed what had long been suspected: eucritic meteorites - of which the current offering is an exotic example - originate from the surface of Vesta, the brightest asteroid visible from Earth and the second largest asteroid of all. An enormous crater covers much of Vesta's southern hemisphere, and it is believed the impact which created this crater was responsible for launching portions of Vesta into space - including the specimen currently offered. Eucrites are differentiated meteorites; they were created by igneous processes in Vesta's crust. The Agoult meteorite was found in Morocco in 2000 and is extremely fresh - it had not been laying on Earth's surface for a good deal of time prior to recovery. It is also one of only three unbrecciated eucrites - which is to say the matrix is comprised of tiny homogenous crystals. Agoult also possesses a slight Europium anomaly: the rare earth element Europium exists in an enriched concentration relative to other rare earth elements present. 17 x 15 x 7mm and 2.127 grams.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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