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    TATAHOUINE - FROM THE ASTEROID BELT AND THE
    HOME OF LUKE SKYWALKER

    Diogenite - ADIO
    Tunisia

    While 99.8% of all meteorites originate from the vast area between
    Mars and Jupiter referred to as the asteroid belt, Tatahouine is one of
    the few meteorites known which possesses a specific address of origin
    (the other noteworthy examples being Martian meteorites and
    samples of the Moon). Diogenites are an exotic meteorite class that
    scientists believe originated from the asteroid Vesta, and Tatahouine
    is a one-of-a-kind diogenite.
    On July 27, 1931 just outside the Tunisian town of Foum
    Tatahouine, a meteorite descending through the atmosphere exploded
    into thousands of small fragments, most of which weighed less than
    one gram. The specimen offered here-collected by noted French
    meteoriticist Dr. Alain Carion and his son, Louis-is an exception.
    Given its distinctively olive green matrix, striated black shock veins
    and accretions of shock melt, there is no other meteorite that looks
    remotely like Tatahouine.
    In a different vein, the home planet of Luke Skywalker was
    named "Tatooine" in acknowledgement of the scenes of Star Wars
    shot near Foum Tatahouine. 28 x 12 x 7 mm and 5.1 grams


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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