Hearty meteorite goes on auction for Valentine's Day
You might want to review your plans for Valentine's Day this year: An excellent gift is about to sell and he came from space.
British auction house Christie's will soon open an online offer for a heart-shaped meteor that collapsed on Earth over Siberia in 1947.
According to Christie, the meteorite once belonged to a colossal iron table, which has been separated from the asteroid belt 320 million years ago. It penetrated the earthly atmosphere on February 1
2, 1947, breaking into smaller meteorites and flaming over the Siberian Mount Shiho-Alin in a fiery ball "brighter than the sun." The windows crashed, the chimneys collapsed, and the trees were thrown out of the ground by the shock waves that arose from the iron mass explosion, while the sound arrows reflected almost 200 miles away. A 20-kilometer smoke trail hung in the sky, while the meteorites that separated from the main body produced nearly 200 craters, some up to 85 feet wide, the auction house announced on its website. meteorite opened on February 6th. "/>
Online offers for an unusually shaped meteorite found on February 6. Credit: Christians
"Christie says," Those who broke off the main table when they exploded near the ground are "jagged and bent," more like shrapnel than a romantically shaped paperweight, but the "Heart of the Cosmos," as Christy calls it , probably splitting at a much higher level
Sara Crawler, from the Earth School and the Ecology of the Manchester University CNN said that the specimen belongs to an unusual group of iron meteorites known as IIAB. "There are currently 134 Type IIAB irons out of a total of over 60,000 known meteorites, so this type is relatively rare," said Crowther "The cost seems high for an iron meteorite," she added, and other fragments of the same meteorite are sold much less: "In the range of $ 1- $ 4 per gram," she said, "even as the bottom edge of the predicted price range for that, it's almost $ 30 per gram. "What is the high value of the meteorite? "The shape, reggmiglites, and the size of the sample," said Crowther.
Requests open on the meteorite obtained from Machovich's meteorite collection in New York on February 6th and conveniently on February 14th. but the auction house expects it to sell somewhere between $ 300,000 and $ 500,000.
If Valentine's Day is really about visible manifestations of affection (and wealth), what better way to do it?