The Almahata Sitta meteorite and its story made the history books in 2008. Before colliding into the atmosphere over North Africa, a sky survey identified an object on a collision course with Earth; astronomers gave this asteroid a temporary name: 8TA9D69. After the bright meteor was seen by observers, meteorite hunters scoured the desert of northern Sudan and found numerous fragments. The recovered meteorite specimens are classified as an anomalous polymict Ureilite-Achondrite. This thin section of Almahata Sitta was taken in cross polarized light.
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