NWA 2364 Meteorite Surface
4x/0.25, calcium-aluminium-rich inclusion, carbonaceous, chondrite, LMScope, Nikon D810, northwest africa, polarized, scope2, surface, zerene stacker

NWA 2364 Meteorite Surface

NWA 2364 Meteorite Surface

NWA 2364 Meteorite Surface – Side A

NWA 2364 Meteorite Surface - Side B

NWA 2364 Meteorite Surface – Side B

The NWA 2364 meteorite contains the oldest known calcium-almuninum-rich inclusions in the Solar System. In other words, there is no “pristine” surviving matter within the sphere of human knowledge which is older than inclusions in this meteorite. Future discoveries may yield even more ancient material, however, until that occurs this remains #1.

The details are blurred due to two factors. The first being the low quality of my reflected light microscope and its optics. The second is due to the long ten second exposure I was required to perform to capture enough light for the images — this resulted in blurring due vibrations from my environment.

NWA 2364 Meteorite Information at Arizona Skies.

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NWA 5028 Meteorite Thin Section
4x/0.25, calcium-aluminium-rich inclusion, carbonaceous, chondrite, LMScope, Nikon D810, northwest africa, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

NWA 5028 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 5028 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 5028 Meteorite Thin Section

The NWA 5028 meteorite makes a stunningly beautiful thin section mosaic. With its large calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions and numerous chondrules, viewers are taken to an alien terrain billions of years old – to a time when the first objects were forming in the Solar System. Additional information at Meteorites Australia.

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Allende Meteorite Thin Section
4x/0.25, calcium-aluminium-rich inclusion, carbonaceous, chondrite, named fall, polarized, scope2, Tucsen C30 3MP sCMOS, zerene stacker

Allende Meteorite Thin Section

Allende Meteorite Thin Section

Allende Meteorite Thin Section

Thin sections of the Allende Meteorite provide some of my favorite scenes from the ancient Solar System. Viewed with a microscope in cross polarized light, the chondrules in combination with the CAIs appear about as out-of-this-world as any image of Saturn or the Carina Nebula.

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