- Meteorite Type: Stone (CV3)
- Weight: 9.5 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 53 mm x 30 mm x 2 mm
- Additional Information: Note the white calcium-aluminum inclusion (CAI), and multiple chondrules. CAIs are believed the be the oldest substances in the solar system.
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Carbonaceous chondrites are a rare and scientifically important group of stone meteorites. As Buseck and Hua stated so intriguingly in their 1993 paper: “They are nebular leftovers and thus invaluable recorders of some of the oldest and best kept secrets … of the solar system.” In other words, carbonaceous chondrite meteorites carry within them the last traces — sometimes in the form of tiny diamonds — of extremely ancient and long-vanished suns or planets that pre-dated our own solar system by billions of years. As such, carbonaceous chondrite meteorites contain the oldest materials that any human has ever encountered.