Monday, February 28, 2022 1:40 am
A larger 15g (0.52oz) portion as heavy as a CD also sold for 22,556 pounds ($30,240).
The Winchcombe meteorite fell from a fireball that lit up the sky over the United Kingdom and northern Europe on February 28, 2021, and the next morning, a pile of dark stones and powder from the body was found on the driveway of a family home in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, although other fragments were found in place. close.
Fragments of the Winchcombe meteorite were donated to the Natural History Museum, which said it was an unusual CM2 carbonaceous type of space rock with organic chemicals.
A 100-gram (3.5 oz) fragment of the meteorite is in a glass case in the Natural History Museum in London for public viewing, but the fragments were sold to private collectors.
Winchcombe contains “calcium and aluminum inclusions” (CAIs), the first substances that formed in the solar nebula from which our solar system originated.
Scientists believe that the meteorite traveled more than 110 million miles from its “primal habitat” in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and that it may answer questions about how life began on Earth.
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