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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 its 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.

Bechar 003

Lunar, feldspathic breccia Found in Bechar, Algeria, 2022 March 24 The Bechar 003 lunar meteorite is a remarkable extraterrestrial specimen discovered in Algeria. Its composition consists predominantly of silicate minerals such as olivine and pyroxene. Olivine is a magnesium-iron silicate mineral that can have a greenish or yellowish color, while pyroxene is a group of silicate minerals that are typically dark in color. Additionally, the Bechar 003 meteorite contains other minerals such as feldspar, troilite (a form of iron sulfide), and small metallic grains of nickel-iron alloy. It also contains anorthite, a calcium-rich plagioclase feldspar mineral that is commonly found in lunar rocks and samples brought back from the Moon by the Apollo missions. The lunar crust is predominantly composed of plagioclase feldspar, with anorthite being a significant component.

Laâyoune 002

Laâyoune is the largest city in Western Sahara and is thought to have been founded by Spanish captain Antonio de Pro in 1938. The name means “the springs,” referring to the oases that furnish the city with water. In January of 2022, stones were purchased from the finder by Aziz Habibi. Laâyoune 002 stones have a grey exterior with striking white clasts; this feldspathic breccia’s composition includes known minerals to lunar meteorites, like anorthite. 1971, astronauts James Irwin and David Scott (Apollo 15) collected what is now known as the Genesis Rock (sample 15415) from Spur crater. Analysis concluded that the rock is make up of anorthosite, which is composed mostly of anorthite. This material is what the lunar highlands, the light colored material on the Moon’s surface, is mostly made of. These highlands are older than the darker plains on the Moon, and hence display more craters. The lunar highlands are also the site where many volcanic lava tube skylights have been found.

Northwest Africa 11237

Lunar, feldspathic breccia Found in Northwest Africa, 2017 Northwest Africa (NWA) 11237 is classified as a lunar meteorite, specifically a feldspathic breccia originating from the Moon. It was discovered in the Northwest African region and belongs to a group of meteorites known as the NWA meteorites. As a lunar feldspathic breccia, NWA 11237 represents a fascinating piece of the Moon's geological history. It is composed of a mixture of different rock fragments, including feldspar-rich materials. The brecciated nature of the meteorite suggests that it was formed through multiple impact events on the lunar surface, where rocks were shattered and later reassembled. NWA 11237's composition also includes trace elements that are essential for understanding the geochemical evolution of the Moon. By analyzing these trace elements, such as rare earth elements (REEs), scientists can gain insights into lunar differentiation processes, volcanic activity, and the formation of lunar crustal rocks.

Northwest Africa 11303

Lunar, feldspathic breccia Found in Northwest Africa, 2017 NWA 11303 is one the more visually appealing lunar meteorites available to collectors, and the favorite of company staff. 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. It is expected to see little or no iron and lunar meteorites, but this amazing moon rock contains visible metallic inclusions. The laboratory noted the extreme hardness of this rock, which lent itself to an exceptional polish.

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Northwest Africa 11788

Lunar, 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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Northwest Africa 12765

Northwest Africa 12765 is a spectacular meteorite in appearance. Great grey colored groundmass with a colorful interior — which is composed of mineral clasts of anorthite, olivine (some of which is forsterite), low-Ca pyroxene, unexsolved pigeonite, subcalcic augite, chromite and ilmenite within a fine grained, sparsely microvesicular matrix containing minor secondary barite.

Northwest Africa 13974

Lunar, feldspathic melt breccia Found in Northwest Africa, 2021 Northwest Africa 13974, an impact melt breccia, was found in the Western Sahara and multiple complete individuals were purchased by Adam Aaronson in Temara in 2021. Cut faces reveal a dark grey interior and a brecciated texture. Lunar breccias are typically found in areas where fragments of angular rock have been fused together, and the clasts found in this spectacular lunar include anorthite, rare on Earth but found widely on the Moon and compose the Lunar terrae, patches of bright white and light grey terrains on the Moon’s surface. The terrae are the ancient remnants of the lunar crust, which have been bombarded over billions of years by impacts large and small.

Northwest Africa 8022

Lunar, Feldspathic Breccia Found in Northwest Africa, 2013 Lunar meteorites are especially intriguing to meteorite professionals. The work Apollo astronauts did in the 1960s and 1970s taught us much of what we know about our nearest celestial neighbor, and lunar meteorites contribute greatly to that knowledge base. NWA 8022 is particularly interesting as it contains a rare nickel-iron alloy called awaruite, which is silver-white to grey-white in appearance and can be found on Earth in river deposits. It also contains anorthite, which is what the lunar highlands, the light colored material on the Moon’s surface, is mostly made of. These highlands are older than the darker plains on the Moon, and hence display more craters. The lunar highlands are also the site where many volcanic lava tube skylights have been found.

Northwest Africa 8277

Lunar, gabbro 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.

Tifariti 002

Lunar, Feldspathic Breccia Found in Saguia el Hamra, Western Sahara in 2022

Touat 005

Lunar, feldspathic breccia Found in Adrar, Algeria in 2020 Found by meteorite hunters between Algeria and the find site of the Erg Chech 002 meteorite. Classified as a feldspathic breccia, Touat 005 is unique in that it contains white plagioclase megacrysts, or particularly large crystalline grains. A possible monomict breccia, it’s likely that Touat 005 is made up of several rocks—of similar lithologies, or physical characteristics—that brecciated on the Moon’s surface. These light-colored grains, which are set against the meteorite’s dark, shock-veined matrix, give Touat 005 its nickname, “The Stained Glass Lunar.”