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4.5 billion years old Fukang Meteorite

billion years old Fukang Meteorite

Macro enlargement of a piece of meteorite. Photographs of the colourful interiors of meteorites. The space rocks are usually known for their dull exterior, but scientist Jeff Barton has shown the dazzling world beneath the grey surface. He has photographed hundreds of 4.5 billion-year-old meteorites by using a standard SLR camera and a powerful microscope to zoom in on fragments of the rocks.

They may look like stained-glass windows but these dazzling images reveal the kaleidoscope of colours found inside METEORITES thought to date back 4.5 billion years

They may look like stained-glass windows but these dazzling images reveal the kaleidoscope of colours found inside METEORITES thought to date back billion years

Meteorite in thin section.

A thin section of a meteorite from the Miller Range, Antarctica, looks a bit like a stained glass window.

Stones

The historic Weston H4 meteorite - the first witnessed fall in America (1807, Connecticut).

The historic Weston meteorite - the first witnessed fall in America Connecticut).

Meteorites:Irons, SIKHOTE-ALIN: HUGE MASS OF FAMOUS RUSSIAN METEORITE. Iron,Coarse Octahedrite - IIAB. Maritime Territory, Siberia,Rus33.02 x 27.94 x 11.43 cm 26.8 kg

Meteorites:Irons, SIKHOTE-ALIN: HUGE MASS OF FAMOUS RUSSIAN METEORITE. Iron,Coarse Octahedrite - IIAB. Maritime Territory, Siberia,Rus33.02 x 27.94 x 11.43 cm 26.8 kg

An iron meteorite showing signs of oxidation (rust).  This can happen as a result of contamination during preparation, or wet/humid storage conditions.  Almost all iron and stony-iron meteorites are prone to rusting and precautions must be taken to slow down the process.

An iron meteorite showing signs of oxidation (rust). This can happen as a result of contamination during preparation, or wet/humid storage conditions. Almost all iron and stony-iron meteorites are prone to rusting and precautions must be taken to slow down the process.

Brahin meteorite, a meteorite pallasite found in Russia in 1807

A Spectacular Slice Of A Meteorite

A slice of the NWA 5205 meteorite from the Sahara Desert displays wall-to-wall chondrules. Credit: Bob King

A slice of the NWA 5205 meteorite from the Sahara Desert displays wall-to-wall chondrules.

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