Fukang meteorite 4.5 billion years of age

Fukang meteorite 4.5 billion years of age

A meteorite weighing 1003 kg was discovered near the city of Fukang, the northwest region of Xinjiang, China as early as 2000. Said respectively, it was identified as Pallas type iron-stone meteorites interspersed with olivine.

Fukang meteorite 4.5 billion years of age

Pallasites extremely rare even among meteorites (about 1% of all meteorites of this type) and Fukang was regarded as one of the greatest discoveries of meteorites of the 21st century.

Fukang meteorite 4.5 billion years of age

There is an assumption that the meteorite Fukang formed deep inside the pristine meteors created during the formation of the solar system about 4, 5 billion years ago, and very few of his specimens survived its descent through the Earth's atmosphere.

Fukang meteorite 4.5 billion years of age

An anonymous group of collectors currently owns it mostly, which weighs 419 kg 5. In 2008, they tried to sell it to the Bonham auction in New York for about $ 2 million, but the meteorite did not find a buyer. Another sample of the meteorite weighing 31 kg is on the balance of the University of Southwestern laboratory meteorites in Arizona.

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