Meteorite From the Back of the Moon Auctioned

A meteorite from the back of the moon has been sold in the U.S. for $ 330,000. An anonymous bidder bought, according to the auction house Heritage Auctions Auctions the stone, which had been cut in half for research purposes.

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The meteorite from the back of the moon was found in Libya

The nearly 1.8 kilograms and less than 24 centimetres high meteorite was found in Libya. “He is of a quality that would make any natural history museum all honour,” said Ed Beardsley Chefauktionator.

That meteorites from the Moon to find the way to Earth, has been confirmed many times: Findings were compared with moon rocks, which had been brought back from the moon missions. Scientists believe they have the impact of a small body knocked out of the lunar crust and hurled into space.

Tightly in the Church

The stone was only part of a whole meteors had, which was auctioned in New York for more than a million dollars. “We have testimonies from the whole solar system, which have been found throughout the world,” said Beardsley. “Everyone has a fascinating history Thus a stone that fell on Germany 1492, in a church firmly closed -. Prevent it from flying off again,” said the auctioneer.

Another meteorite had been in Russian and German archives – the old descriptions witnesses of these – and was also U.S. President Thomas Jefferson was shown, whose term lasted from 1801 until 1809. “Jefferson was a great scientist,” said Beardsley. “But here, he recognized the importance of not. For the large Jefferson was” just a stone ‘. “

Collisions with asteroids

A quarter of all meteorites that hit the Earth today have their origin in a massive asteroid collision 470 million years ago. After the collision, the Earth was almost bombarded by meteorites. The scientists had five years ago,found a new method of research . At the boundary between the outer and inner solar system was 470 million years ago probably two collided a few hundred kilometers wide asteroid, like the University of Heidelberg announced.

With their new method, researchers were able to Mario Trieloff from the Mineralogical Institute meteorite assign this “cosmic big event.” The study was published at the time in the journal “Meteoritics and Planetary Science.” The Heidelberg researchers showed that a still hitting the earth meteorite group – the so-called L-chondrites – comes from a 470 million years ago had been torn apart minor planets.

After impact for a few million years were about a hundred times as many meteorites on Earth in modern times. The impact kilometer-sized fragments was also significantly more frequent.

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