Thursday , December 3 2020

They sell a meteor for $ 300,000



They called it "Heart of Space" and although the bid starts at $ 300,000, it is estimated that it could reach half a million of the US currency.

Due to its heart shape, the auction will begin on February 6 and will extend to 14, Valentine's Day.

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"Heart of Space" will be auctioned and estimated to reach half a million dollars.

The auction house experts say the piece of rock was released from an asteroid belt 70 million years before the appearance of the dinosaurs.

They claim that the meteorite reached the ground on February 12, 1947 and hit Siberia, Russia, 270 miles northeast of Vladivostok town.

The explosion was so great that it felt more than 300 kilometers around and destroyed windows and trees in the area.

"This was the biggest meteor shower in the last thousand years, and for the audience it must have been the end of the world. It is miraculous that no one has died," said James Hyslop, head of Christie's scientific department.

According to Hyslop, the effect of the meteorite left a trace of smoke more than 30 kilometers long. The scene was illustrated by the Russian artist P.I. Medvedev, witness of the impact, and immortalized in a stamp of the era Nikita Khrushchev in 1957.

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The illustration of the Russian artist P.I. Medvedev, witness of the impact and stamped in 1957.

Meteorites separated from the main body caused 200 craters in Siberia, some up to 25 meters wide.

The rarity of the "heart of space" that Christies calls it lies beyond its origin, being more aerodynamic than the rest of the meteorites falling on that occasion and having many incisions known as regmaglyps.

"This meteorite configuration is the result of a lost rupture occurring along the crystalline plane of its iron body at the point where it was detached from the original mass," the auction house said on its website.

Sarah Crowther, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester, told CNN that it is a type of iron meteorite known as IIAB.

"Currently, there are 134 type IIAB iron meteorites out of a total of more than 60,000 known meteorites, so this type is quite rare," he said.

The heart-shaped meteorite bids begin on February 6 and will extend until the 14th, where the entire West is celebrated on Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day.

Source: El Nuevo Herald


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