Meteorites

Showing all 6 results

Showing all 6 results

Meteorites are the highly collectible remainder of larger bodies believed mostly to be of asteroid origin which plunge through the atmsophere. Meteorited can be either stony meteorites or iron meteorites. Iron meteorites are primarily a nickel-iron alloy, while stony meteorites are mostly olivine. There are also stony-iron meteorites which contain both nickel-iron and minerals. Among stony meteorites there are chondrites and achondrites – the main difference between them having to do with their origins. Chondrites are believed to originate in the pre-solar nebula and haven’t undergone any significant modification since then, while achondrites are believed to have been modified since forming. The term chondrite refers specifically to a matrix containing small inclusions that are bound together. A sublcass of the chondrite meteories are the carbonaceous meteorites which contain carbon or organic compounds. There are very rare examples of meteorites that come from the martian or lunar surface.