101 Meteorites Land at Satin Crystals
I'm excited to announce that after 16 years of business, we now have the largest selection of meteorites ever offered at Satin Crystals! This is a big deal because meteorites are one of my top 3 favorite minerals, especially those of the tektite family. Like many of you, I have been fascinated with aliens and interplanetary activity since childhood. Being drawn to meteorites comes naturally.
As of this post date, you can find 52 moldavite samples, 42 libyan glass samples, and a unique selection of specialties like Agoudal, Bassikounou, Campo Del Cielo, Chelyabinsk, Gao-Guenie, Muonionalusta, Nantan, NWA Chondrite, Ries Crater and black Tektite.
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To keep you up to date on these identified flying objects, here is a reference guide to your favorite space stones:
- Agoudal: is an Iron IIAB meteorite from Agoudal of the High Atlas, Morocco. It is widely thought that this meteorite is connected to an ancient hyper-velocity impact that occurred 40,000 years ago. This is evidenced by shatter cones found in the same general vicinity of the meteorites. The nearby lakes Isli and Tislit have also been mentioned as being possible impact craters related to the Agoudal meteorite.
- Bassikounou: is a rare H5 chondrite from Bassikounou, Hodh Ech Chargui, Mauritania in Africa. In 2006, a fireball was witnessed in the area. A single stone of 3165 g was found by A. Salem El Moichine, a local resident, on the same day 11 kilometers southeast of Bassikounou. More than 20 specimens were later recovered by locals and meteorite finders. These finds define a 8 kilometer long strewn field. The total recovered mass is 46.00 kilograms
- Campo Del Cielo: refers to a group of iron meteorites or to the area where they were found, between the provinces of Chaco and Santiago del Estero (1,000 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina). The crater field contains at least 26 craters. It is estimated as 4,000–5,000 years. The craters, containing iron masses, were reported in 1576 but were already well known to the aboriginal inhabitants of the area. The craters and the area around contain numerous fragments of an iron meteorite. The total weight of the pieces so far recovered is about 100 tonnes, making the meteorite possibly the heaviest one ever recovered on Earth.
- Chelyabinsk: is the fragmented remains of the large Chelyabinsk meteor of February 15, 2013 in Russia. It has been classified as an LL5 chondrite, with 10% meteoric iron. The impacting asteroid started to brighten up in the general direction of the constellation Pegasus, close to the East horizon where the sun was starting to rise. The impactor belonged to the group of Apollo asteroids. The asteroid had an approximate size of 18 meters and 9,100 metric tons before it entered the denser parts of Earth's atmosphere. At an altitude of about 23.3 km the body exploded in an air burst and meteorite fragments landed on the ground.
- Gao-Guenie: is a H5 chondrite that fell on Burkina Fao, West Africa on March 5, 1960. The fall was composed of a large number of fragments and it is one of the largest observed meteorite showers in Africa to date. After three separate detonations, several thousands of stones rained down over an area of about 70 square kilometers. The sound of the fall was heard as far as Ouagadougou, which is 100 kilometers away. Eyewitnesses said that trees were broken and hen houses destroyed. The largest stones recovered weigh up to 10 kilograms.
- Libyan Desert Glass: is also known as Great Sand Sea glass. It is found in east Sahara, Libya, and West Egypt over areas of tens of square kilometers. Although the origin of this glass is uncertain, it has long been considered of possible meteoritic origin. It is the purest natural silica glass ever found on earth. It has been dated back to about 26 million years ago, and was used to make tools during the Pleistocene period. It is usually glassy yellow and either tumbled smooth by the sand or rocky.
- Moldavite: is a one of a kind tektite with a unique olive green, forest green or blue green silicon substance. It was formed by a meteorite impact in south Germany that occurred 14.7 million years ago, forming the Ries Crater. The melted and splattered material became air born and most fell in Bohemia by the river Moldau of current day Czech Republic. 99% of all moldavite comes from the South Bohemian localities, 1% were found in South Moravian localities.
- Muonionalusta: is classified as fine octahedrite which impacted in North Scandinavia, at Sweden and Finland about 1 million years BCE during the Quaternary period. The muonionalusta is the oldest known meteorite at 4.653 billion years old. Since landing on earth, it has endured 4 ice ages. It marks the first occurrence of stishovite in an iron meteorite, and shows 8.4% nickel content. The presence of stishovite signifies that this meteorite was heavily shocked, possibly during the 0.4 Ga [billion years] old breakup event indicated by cosmic ray exposure. The fist fragment was found in 1906 near the village of Kitkiojarvi, and around 40 pieces are known today.
- Nantan: meteorites landed near the city of Nantan of Guanzxi, China. The fall may have been in 1516, when it was observed "During summertime in May of Jiajing 11th year, stars fell from the northwest direction, five-to-six-fold long, waving like snakes and dragons. They were as bright as lightning and disappeared in seconds..." . It burst during passage through the atmosphere and the pieces scattered over a strewn field of 28 kilometers. The fragments were collected in 1958. Nantan is an iron meteorite of the IAB-MG group. It has a nickel concentration of almost 7%.
- Ries Crater: is a large circular depression in Bavaria, Germany. It was created by a meteorite impact about 14.3 million years ago in the Miocene. The original crater rim was about 24 kilometers in diameter. The Nordlinger Ries impact crater was a rampart crater, thus far a unique finding on Earth. Rampart craters are almost exclusively found on Mars. They exhibit a fluidized ejecta flow after impact of the meteorite. Nordlinger's impactor asteroid probably had a diameter of about 1.5 kilometers and impact velocity of about 20 kilometers per second (45,000 mph). The Ries impact event is believed to be the source of moldavite tektites, which originated from a sand rich surface layer that was ejected to 450 kilometers downrange of the crater.
Those are just a few of the many wonderful extraterrestrial asteroids that have blessed us Earthlings with their presence. I will add a few more meteorites to the reference page that will be created on the website shortly.
You may also encounter familiar meteorites like Chondrites or Tektites. I'm personally in love with black tektite.These are not location-specific, but are types of meteorites classified based on composition. We can get into meteorite classifications at another time!
Sometimes people will ask if a Satin Crystals meteorite comes with a certificate of authenticity. The answer is no. Most of the "COA's" offered by other gem and mineral shops are quite meaningless- as they print up their own card and include it in your order without having the stone lab verified. It takes a professional meteorologist, mineralogist, or gemologist to be able to determine the composition of your specimen. The only certified meteorite we have had to date was a 2.71 gram Tartak slice, which sold for $295. It was registered under IMCA #3655 from Poland. But rest assured, here at Satin Crystals we are experienced and passionate enough to get you the real deal.
Now that you have been bombarded with facts from around the galaxy, let me end my blog by giving you a snippet of the metaphysical properties of meteorites:
Meteorites and space stones bring the energy of the Universe to the palm of your hands. They are excellent for those working with space exploration, UFO communication, astral travel, and expanding of consciousness. I highly recommend them for meditation and alien activity work or channeling. The energy of meteorites are literally out of this world, which is what makes them so unique and amazing.
Thank you for reading!
*Additional information and meteorites descriptions are now available on our Intro to Meteorites Page.