Saratov Meteorite Thin Section
4x/0.25, chondrite, named fall, ordinary chondrite, polarized, scope2, Tucsen C30 3MP sCMOS, zerene stacker

Saratov Meteorite Thin Section

Saratov Meteorite Thin Section

Saratov Meteorite Thin Section

Thin sections of the Saratov (Саратов) meteorite in cross polarized light dazzle observers with dozens upon dozens of distinct chondrules. This specimen has numerous almost perfectly circular chondrules and many radial pyroxene chondrules.

Its fall was witnessed on October 6, 1918.

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Peekskill Meteorite Thin Section
10x/0.25, breccia, chondrite, named fall, ordinary chondrite, polarized, scope2, Tucsen C30 3MP sCMOS, zerene stacker

Peekskill Meteorite Thin Section

Peekskill Meteorite Thin Section

Peekskill Meteorite Thin Section

The sky indeed fell on October 9th, 1992 — luckily only on a car. The Peekskill Meteorite, a “hammer”, is renowned for having traveled clean through the rear of a Chevy Malibu. Every time I think about the smashed car, I find myself anxiously looking up and apologizing for any ill-will I have done to the universe. It’s also best not to think of Peekskill shortly before bed. Although, if a meteorite and your paths ever do cross — you should consider the notoriety and monetary benefits… for your survivors. I only joke since chances are better that you will win the lottery!

The meteorite in thin section shows some interesting colors and breccia features as shown in the panorama. Everything you want to know about the Peekskill Meteorite here.

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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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