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Moon Rock Pendant, Glass Vial with Genuine Lunar Meteorite

Posted on 5/28/2024 1:18:48 PM
Categories: Astronomy Location: Florida, USA Condition: New Listed on: 5/28/2024 Times Viewed: 40

This unisex pendant contains a genuine sample of our nearest celestial neighbor - the Moon! - NWA 11788 is a lunar meteorite that was recently recovered from a remote area of the Saharan Desert. I acquired some small fragments from a dealer who sliced up a large piece of this meteorite and used them to make pendants. This pendant is a glass vial that contains a sample of "Moon Rock" (lunar meteorite). The pendant has a 2mm hole and is ready to hang on a necklace of your choice - chain not included. The metal bail is sterling silver plated.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a pendant like the one shown. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on NWA 11788 :

Northwest Africa 11788 (NWA 11788)


Purchased: 2017

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased in Mali from anonymous meteorite hunter.

Physical characteristics: Many dark visually identical appearing pieces, with masses ranging from ~2 kg to many sub-g fragments, showing no fusion crust. Saw cut reveals a finely fragmental breccia with white feldspathic clasts set in a dark gray ground mass with metal flecks and minor vesiculation appearing throughout.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite is a breccia of fragmental pyroxene, olivine, plagioclase grains. There are domains that are fine-grained and cataclastic with shock melt and vesicles.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) olivine Fa: 31.2±9.4, Fe/Mn=95±7, n=12; clinopyroxene Fs36.0±10.0Wo22.2±8.8, Fe/Mn=60±5, n=12; plagioclase An93.0±1.8, n=7; Shock melt (20 _m defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=43.2±1.7, TiO2=0.46±0.20, Al2O3=24.2±3.6, Cr2O3=0.23±0.08, MgO=7.8±1.4, FeO=8.0±3.2, MnO=0.10±0.05, CaO=14.2±1.4, Na2O=0.35±0.23, K2O=0.08±0.05 (all wt%), n=4.

Classification: Lunar feldspathic breccia

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