- Meteorite Type: Stone (CV3.2)
- Meteorite Weight: 32.3 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 42 mm x 30 mm x 24 mm
- Witnessed Fall: Yes
- Additional Information: Fell Chihuahua, Mexico Feb. 8, 1969. Substantial stone, with fragmented interior showing on one face and some surprisingly black fusion crust on the other. Nice example of this famous witnessed fall.
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Often described as “the most studied meteorite in history,” Allende is one of the most fascinating and desirable space rocks available to collectors. It is a very rare witnessed fall carbonaceous chondrite and its massive nighttime fireball was seen by hundreds of people in rural Mexico in 1969. Many pieces were picked up by locals the next morning and acquired by Dr. Elbert King who designated NASA’s Lunar Receiving Lab from the Apollo Era. Allende contains carbon and microscopic diamonds, believed to be the last remnants of an exploding sun that predates our own solar system! As such, at an estimated 12 billion years, they are the oldest things any human has ever touched. Space diamonds from the beginning of time.