Taken from one of noted meteorite hunter Steve Arnold’s personal finds, made circa 2006, this magnificent full slice is giddily awash in coffee bean-shaped yellow and green extraterrestrial gemstones. Note the large, dark green, and ball-shaped olivine cluster, slightly off from the center. The shape of the slice — reminiscent of a letter “D” — indicates that the original whole mass was oriented, much like Arnold’s record-breaking 650-kg find. It maintained a fixed orientation towards Earth during flight, and the leading edge ablated into a gentle cone shape. So, even after cutting and preparation in the laboratory, the vestiges of this meteorite’s tumultuous flight through our atmosphere can still be seen written into its luminous shape.

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