- Meteorite Type: Stone, Eucrite
- Weight: 144.8 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 172 mm x 148 mm x 2.5 mm
- Additional Information: The largest slice from Vesta we have in inventory. This brown and creme colored beauty is sure to be a conversation starter!
NWA 12265 144.8g
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Eucrites are rare achondrite (without chondrules) meteorites that belong to the HED class. HED meteorites are thought to have originated within the large asteroid 4 Vesta, making them part of only a tiny handful of meteorites with a specific known origin point — lunar and Martian meteorites being the others. Eucrites are particularly difficult to find in the field as — unlike the vast majority of other meteorites — they contain little or no iron, so will not attract strongly to a magnet. A eucrite impact melt is most likely the result of a giant meteorite crashing into asteroid Vesta and melting target rock into a new form. That in itself is remarkable. As any type of impact melt — even in the abundant chondrite family — is highly unusual. So, here we have an exceptional impact melt from Vesta!