Allende Meteorite Pendant
Why is the Allende Meteorite is so special?
Carbonaceous chondrites are thought to be the most primitive form of matter in the universe. Scientists theorize that if, at the beginning of time, the universe cooled and the dust clumped together and formed a rock, then the result would be something like a carbonaceous chondrite. You can learn more about the formation of chondrites by putting it in a search engine. CI carbonaceous chondrites--a somewhat more primitive type--have a composition very close to that of the Sun.
The matrix or fine grained part of the Allende is primarily iron rich olivine. The total iron content is around 24 percent, but flecks of iron-nickel are only rarely found.
Allende carbonaceous chondrites have another interesting feature. White clumps of white material--many with finger-like projections--are found throughout the meteorite. When analyzed these are mixtures of high temperature oxides and silicates of calcium, aluminum and titanium. They have been named calcium-aluminum inclusions, or CAIs for short. Scientists believe that these are among the first matter to have crystallized. They are older than the Earth itself.
Some have speculated that because of the carbon in this meteorite, it was somehow associated with extraterrestrial life or with the arrival of life on Earth. Chemical analyses of carbonaceous chondrites have revealed both non-biological and biological amino acids--the buildings blocks of life. Some of these amino acids are not found on earth.
The implications of this discovery are twofold. First, the presence of these extraterrestrial amino acids suggests that extraterrestrial life is a real possibility. Second, if amino acids arrived on modern meteorites, then why not on earlier ones--and perhaps they had more than just the building blocks of life. There are still many questions unanswered with today's science.
The Allende meteorite fell to Earth at 1:05 AM on February 8, 1969. It created a huge fireball, then shattered and rained fragments over the area of the strewn field.The "Allende strewn field" is the area where the meteorites were found. The meteorite is named after the small nearby town of Pueblito de Allende, Mexico. Like many meteorites, Allende entered the atmosphere and friction began to heat it up. The main mass of the meteorite exploded and the fragments fell over the area shown as the "Allende strewn field." The strewn field is estimated to be more than 60 square miles.
Allende meteorite is NOT known for its beauty but for its scientific value and cosmic significance. It has many tiny natural diamonds which were made in interstellar space. "One of the interesting things about Allende is that it's very rich in diamonds and these diamonds are very small, far too small to see - only one thousand atoms or so across. These diamonds are extremely precious because they contain a lot of unusual characteristics which lead us to think that they may have formed long before the meteorite itself did. In fact, they may have formed around an ancient star which, at the end of its life, gave out material that eventually became incorporated into our solar system. So these tiny grains can tell us all sorts of things about the entire history of our galaxy. It seems unimaginable to think I'm holding something that's so old!"
It is normal to see minor stress lines in these "nature made" space rocks. One side has been coated with a protectant material that helps you see the natural beauty of the meteorite better. The other side has been left uncoated so you can see what they look like naturally.
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Allende meteorite pendant ... when you want to give a piece of the sun, the moon and even the universe...
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Comes in crushed black velvet jewelry box with information and authenticity. Meteorite size: 1/2" diameter; Pendant size 3/4" diameter in 14K rope style pendant. Chain not included.
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