Superb specimen of the VIÑALES meteorite, which fell in Cuba on the 1st of February 2019, being one of the most recent meteorites that have fallen on Earth, and therefore with a high scientific value.
History: A bright fireball accompanied by strong sonic blasts flew over the province of Pinar del Río, Cuba, at 1:17 pm local time (18:17:10 UTC) on the 1st of February 2019. A long trail of smoke was also observed. Residents thought that a plane had crashed, as they heard explosions and then a ground noise that lasted for 15 to 20 seconds. A meteor shower fell on Valle de Viñales, a national monument since 1978 and a UNESCO world heritage site. The area is covered by a forest and fields. The first and some of the largest stones were collected near the ‘Mural de la Prehistoria’ monument by the artist Leovigildo González Morillo. Others were discovered in and around Viñales, and throughout the whole Viñales Valley. Some of the meteorites penetrated into the ground, one of them went through a paved road and many were recovered from rooftops.
Physical features: Local residents collected hundreds of individual samples. The stones are covered by a black fusion crust, with a white-grey interior with various shock veins. The stone masses are in a range from 2 to 1,100 g. In total, about 50 to 100 kg of the meteorite were collected, which was catalogued as a Chondrite L6, after the corresponding scientific studies.
The piece we are offering shows areas with and without fusion crust. Ideal for slicing or for a collection.
A good opportunity to add to your collection a piece of the most famous classified chondrite in the world. Chondrites are the oldest material in the Solar System, having an estimated formation age of 4,550 million years. A true gem of the universe in your hands.
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- Minéral principal / Nom météorite
- Récent et célèbre METEORITO VIÑALES (Cuba, 2019).
- Forme minérale / Type météorite
- CHONDRITE L6. Pas de prix de réserve !!!
- 57.9 g
- Origine (pays)