LUNAR METEORITES

Lunar Meteorites 2018-04-26T16:43:58+00:00

It takes an extraordinary event for us here on earth to own a piece of the moon. It is illegal to own any sample of lunar material collected by the Apollo Missions to the Moon. So how do we have Lunar material available so the private sector can acquire samples? A meteorite has to impact the moon with enough force to eject material into space, those fragments must then find their way to earth, survive entry through our atmosphere, and land in a location where someone can find it. The odds are overwhelmingly against that chain of events occurring.

NWA 6950

Lunar, Gabbro

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 8022

Lunar, Feldspathic Breccia, Found in Northwest Africa 2013

Only one 1,226 gram stone of this noteworthy material was found. Lunar meteorites arrive on our planet after material is ejected from the surface of the moon during a impact (by a meteorite!). The surface of the moon is covered in a layer of fragmented and unconsolidated material, or regolith, formed during meteorite impacts. NWA 8022 is composed of fused feldspathic pieces of this regolith. We have just a small amount of this material, however, what we have is some of the largest lunar slices we have seen. Photo credit Sean Parker Photography.

NWA 8277

Lunar, Found in Northwest Africa, 2013

The NWA 8277 was a small single stone weighing only 773 grams, a breccia with distinct clasts and multiple lithologies. We are fortunate to have a few slices of this rare material available.

NWA 8687

Lunar, Troctolite, Found in Northwest Africa, 2014

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

NWA 11182

Lunar, feldspathic breccia, Found in Northwest Africa, 2017

A single stone weighing of 60 grams was found in the arid desert region of Northwest Africa and was hand carried to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show in February, 2017 where famed meteorite hunter Ruben Garcia purchased it and sent it away to the the Institute of Meteoritics University of New Mexico for testing. It has been officially classified as lunar feldspathic breccia. It is only one of three know lunar meteorites with a negative Ce (cerium) anomaly.

NWA 11228

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 Dr. Carl Agee at 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. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Aerolite Meteorites Inc., as well as a specimen identification card. As actual pieces of the moon, lunar meteorites are among the rarest materials on Earth, and such large, complete examples are of the utmost rarity.

These specimens are paired with 11228, there was a low TKW when classified.

NWA 11474

Lunar Feldspathic Breccia, Found in Northwest Africa 2017

The Aerolite Meteorites official photographer amusingly alludes to this fantastic lunar meteorite as the “dark side of the Moon.” It is perhaps the most strikingly unique lunar meteorite that has ever been in our hands. With several inclusions of varying size among a dark groundmass, this brecciated wonder from the surface of the Moon will provide the greatest bang for your buck. Whether it’s the weight of the individual whole stones or illustrious, mirror-polished faces of our full slices and end cuts, this actual piece of the Moon is certain to be the centerpiece of your collection.

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