Northwest Africa 14613 | H5

Ordinary chondrite (H5)
Northwest Africa, 2018

Purchased by the Aerolite Meteorites team in 2018 from a Moroccan dealer, NWA 14613 is classified as an H5 chondrite. A dark exterior offsets light grey chondrules revealed in its interior when cut and polished. The parent body of H chondrites is yet unknown, but scientists have pinpointed S-type asteroid 6 Hebe as a possible candidate, with less likely candidates being 3 June and 7 Iris. Of particular note is that H chondrites overall have similar trace element abundances and oxygen isotope ratios to IIE iron meteorites, indicating that they may have originated from the same parent body.

Specimens: 25 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Aerolite holds the main mass.

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