4x/0.25, calcium-aluminium-rich inclusion, carbonaceous, chondrite, CO, LMScope, named fall, Nikon D810, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

Moss Meteorite Thin Section

Moss Meteorite Thin Section

Moss Meteorite Thin Section

Of all the classes of meteorites I have photographed, the one with the most out-of-this-world features is the CV class of meteorites. Every time I look at one in thin section I am just stunned at how exotic the material appears. But, in close second I would say is the CO class of meteorites. And the Moss meteorite is a perfect example. The thin section appears to have a wonderful intricate structure, with tiny inclusions and CAIs scattered among a bizarre black matrix. On second thought I may come back to this slide for a panoramic plane visible light image. There is a STRESS (Spatio temporal retinex-like envelope stochastic sampling gray-scale from GIMP) album in the gallery which I think shows many features that are faint and appear blacked-out by the matrix. The STRESS method has been used in astrophotography papers to reveal details hidden to the human eye in typical image files and I think it can be helpful here too.

Moss Information at Meteorite Studies
Nice cross polarized pictures at Meteorite Times

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4x/0.25, LMScope, mars, named fall, Nikon D810, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

Los Angeles 002 Meteorite Thin Section

Los Angeles 002 Meteorite Thin Section

Los Angeles 002 Meteorite Thin Section

Nice looking Shergottite thin section displaying colorful geometric grains and other, completely black ones. The Los Angeles Meteorite is a special meteorite due to its circumstantial discovery. Imagine having a Martian rock sitting in your garage without realizing it! There are probably thousands of unclassified meteorites all over the world right now, sitting in peoples gardens, housetops, and rock collections. And Jon Larsen shows in his book, In Search of Stardust that there are micrometeorites literally everywhere around us.

The Los Angeles Meteorite

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4x/0.25, achondrite, aubrite, breccia, LMScope, named fall, Nikon D810, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

Peña Blanca Spring Meteorite Thin Section

Peña Blanca Spring Meteorite Thin Section

Peña Blanca Spring Meteorite Thin Section

On March 1, 2018 Roving Reporter’s pictures of the Peña Blanca Spring meteorite appeared on the Meteorite Picture of the Day website. I was immediately struck by this Aubrite’s sharp gray/white matrix coloration and its numerous inclusions. It is an exquisite meteorite! That weekend I decided that the next meteorite thin section to photograph will be the Peña Blanca Spring Aubrite. Presented here is the result of that decision: a large thin section in cross polarized light displaying the internal structure of this beautiful enstatite achondrite. The story of this meteorite’s discovery makes for good reading, so please enjoy: Story by John T. Lonsdale.

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