lunar meteorite whole stone

A lunar meteorite whole stone that landed in Northwest Africa

If you look at the moon through a telescope, you will immediately notice that much of the moon’s surface is covered by craters. Some of these may be volcanic in origin, but many or most are meteorite craters and they were made when cosmic debris from elsewhere — most likely the asteroid belt — crashed into the moon. When the composition of a lunar meteorite that has been found on Earth is analyzed in the laboratory, it is clearly seen to be a match for specimens transported to Earth by the Apollo astronauts. More remarkable than that, even, is the fact that some lunar meteorites can be paired with a particular part of our nearest neighbor, meaning we can tell not just that they came from the moon, but also which part of the moon!

While it is illegal for private collectors to own Apollo return samples, it is entirely legal to buy lunar meteorites. These specimens have been analyzed and authenticated by leading meteorite scientists and are, without a shadow of a doubt, authentic and legitimate geological examples of our nearest celestial neighbor.

NWA 6950 | LUNAR, GABBRO

Lunar meteorite, gabbro
Found in Northwest Africa, 2011

Northwest Africa 6950 is the 6,950th meteorite to be classified from the arid deserts regions of the Sahara Desert. The total known weight of this spectacular meteorite is 1,649 grams, one single yellowish-green stone partially covered in fusion crust. This piece has shock veins, which are caused by impacts which produce pressure, which heats, melts, and deforms the rock.

NWA 8277 | LUNAR

Lunar
Found in Northwest Africa, 2013

Lunar meteorite NWA 8277 was a small single stone weighing only 773 grams, a breccia with distinct clasts and multiple lithologies. It is noted in the meteoritical bulletin as an achondrite (lunar breccia), comparison of macroscopic and backscatter-electron textures, geochemistry of pyroxenes, olivines, and plagioclase.

We are fortunate to have a few slices of this rare material available.

NWA 8687 | LUNAR, TROCTOLITE

Lunar meteorite, troctolite
Found in Northwest Africa, 2014

Five smooth pieces of this amazing troctolite were all of this rare material that was found! Take home a piece from our nearest celestial neighbor. 

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    NWA 8687 8.3g

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    NWA 8687 9.3g

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NWA 11228 | LUNAR, FELDSPATHIC BRECCIA

Lunar, feldspathic breccia
Found in Northwest Africa, 2017

It is a feldspathic breccia and has been officially and unequivocally identified as a lunar meteorite by the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Lunar meteorites are known to be from the moon because of their close geologic match to Apollo return samples.

These specimens are paired with 11228, there was a low total known weight when classified.

NWA 11303 | LUNAR, FELDSPATHIC BRECCIA

Lunar meteorite, feldspathic breccia
Found in Northwest Africa, 2017

NWA 11303 is one the most visually appealing lunar meteorites available to collectors, and the favorite of our CEO Geoffrey Notkin. It was found in 2017 and classified by meteorite scientists A. Irving and S. Kuehner at the Department of Earth at Space Sciences at UWS. Laboratory-polished slices reveal a kaleidoscope of clasts of varying sizes and colors, clearly demonstrating the multifaceted composition of this lunar breccia. As noted above, it is expected to see little or no iron and lunar meteorites, but NWA 11303 contains visible metallic inclusions. This extraterrestrial nickel-iron was likely brought to the Moon on board large asteroid fragments, suggesting NWA 11303 is a composite of indigenous lunar material combined with meteorite fragments that could have originated hundreds of millions of miles away. The laboratory noted the extreme hardness of this rock, which lent itself to an exceptional polish.

NWA 11788 | FELDSPATHIC BRECCIA

Lunar meteorite, feldspathic breccia
Found in Mali, 2017

Acquired from the finder in 2017 in Africa, the lunar meteorite Northwest Africa (NWA) 11788 was sent to the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico for analysis and classification. The “Meteoritical Bulletin” describes it as “a finely fragmental breccia with white feldspathic clasts set in a dark gray ground mass with metal flecks and minor vesiculation appearing throughout.” Note its dark gray, almost black matrix, punctuated by clasts of varying size and color.

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