- Meteorite Type: Stone (L3-6)
- Meteorite Weight: 147.8 grams combined
- Meteorite Measurements: 60 mm x 48 mm x 17 mm and 51 mm x 45 mm x 17 mm
- Additional Information: Lovely whole stone cut in half. View the interior and match them together for a view of the stone in its whole shape.
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Born by fire, Northwest Africa 869 is one of the most fascinating and affordable meteorites available to collectors. It has a highly unusual classification, L 3-6, meaning it shows characteristics of different meteorite types within the same mass. NWA 869 is a breccia — a rock made up of fragments of other rocks that have been compressed or cemented together. The most likely explanation for the formation of this mosaic-like mixture of space material is the collision of asteroids, millions or billions of years ago, somewhere in the void between Mars and Jupiter. NWA 869 illustrates the monumental processes at work in the solar system.