Micrometeorite | NMM 2484 - Trondheim | Scoliaceous typeCode: 114
Product detailed description
Billions of years ago, somewhere in the distant universe, there was a giant star. Its insatiable gravity fed an unimaginable amount of energy. Constantly converting lighter elements into heavier ones, it defied irreversible fate for hundreds of millions of years. But one day, the fuel ran out, and in a huge explosion, the star blew most of its mass as microscopic particles into deep space. Most of these grains of matter eventually formed into new suns, planets, moons or asteroids. But a large fraction of them have spent all their time travelling alone. As grains of dust, they came into existence, and as grains of dust they still exist today. Stardust.
One such grain of stardust collided with the Earth. It was lucky enough not to evaporate as it passed through the atmosphere. It just melted and formed into a new shape. In this case, a shape resembling a turtle shell. In a further coincidence, it appeared in a sample collected from the roof of a department store on June 25, 2020.
This was followed by a detailed examination under an electron microscope, a unique photographic process (which involves focusing and compositing dozens of sub-photographs for maximum photo quality), and compositional analysis for definitive confirmation of extraterrestrial origin.
Micrometeorite NMM 2484 is a rare scoriaceous (ScMM) type, which is barely melted. This is closer to what cosmic dust looks like in Space compared with other cosmic spherules retrieved on Earth. The surface of the irregular shaped stone is shiny metallic from accumulated magnetite crystals (a magnetite rim), and the stone has open vesicles from incomplete degassing. The ~0.3 mm micrometeorite was found at the rooftop of City Syd, Trondheim, Norway, June 25th, 2020. This is a unique museum quality micrometeorite, a jewel in any collection.
If you decide to be one of the world's first private owners of a micrometeorite and order it from us, you will not only get the stone itself, but everything you need to enjoy this natural unique to the fullest. The package includes an ultra-high resolution digital photograph, the autobiographical book Star Hunter by Jon Larsen and of course the meteorite itself along with a signed certificate of authenticity.
The stone is housed in a durable case with a covered slide-out microscope slide. It is therefore possible to enjoy its unique beauty at any time by observing it yourself under a microscope.
Provenance: the catalogue number refers to the NMM Archives, the index to Jon Larsen's Project Stardust collection, a reference collection for urban micrometeorites. The stone was found, managed and collected by Larsen and is in pristine condition, straight from space."