The Stunning Fukang Meteorite – Literally Out of This World

The Fukang meteorite was found in the mountains near Fukang, China in 2000. It is a pallasite—a type of stony–iron meteorite with olivine crystals. It is believed to be some 4.5 billion years old, which is as ancient as Earth itself

Pallasites are extremely rare even among meteorites (only about 1% of all meteorites are this type) and Fukang has been hailed as one of the greatest meteorite discoveries of the 21st century.

It’s a spectacular meteorite, and possibly the most astounding extraterrestrial piece of rock man has ever seen.

An anonymous group of collectors currently holds the largest portion which weighs 419.5 kg (925 pounds). In 2008 they attempted to sell it at auction at Bonham’s in New York for approximately $2 million but did not receive any bidders.

The Impressive Fukang Meteorite

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Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory lets the sun shine through a polished slice of the Fukang Meteorite

 

fukang meteoriteThe Fukang meteorite before cutting.

fukang meteoriteGolden olivine meets silvery nickel-iron to create a stunningly beautiful mosaic effect

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