They auction a meteor for $ 300,000


They called it the "Heart of Space" and although the bid starts at $ 300,000, it is estimated that it can reach half a million of the American currency.

Due to its heart shape, the auction will begin on February 6 and will run through Feb. 14.

The "Heart of Space" will be auctioned and estimated at half a million dollars.

Experts at the auction house say the piece of rock was taken from an asteroid belt 70 million years before the dinosaurs first appeared.

They claim that the meteorite hit Earth on February 12, 1947, reaching Siberia, Russia, 270 kilometers northeast of the city of Vladivostok.

The explosion was so great that it could feel more than 300 kilometers around and destroyed windows and trees in the area.

"This was the biggest meteor shower over thousands of years, and for the viewers, it must have looked like the end of the world. It's a miracle that no one has died," said James Hyslop, head of Christie's scientific department.

According to Hyslop, the effect of the meteorite left a trail of smoke over 30 kilometers long. The scene was illustrated by the Russian artist P.I. Medvedev, witness of the impact, and immortalized in a postage stamp from the time of Nikita Khrushchev in 1957.

The illustration of the Russian artist P.I. Medvedev, witness of the impact and seal of 1957.

The meteorites that separated from the main body caused 200 craters in Siberia, some up to 25 meters wide.

The rarity of the "heart of space", as Christie calls it, lies, beyond its origin, in that it is more aerodynamic than the rest of the meteorites that fell on that occasion and has many notches known as regmaglypts.

"The configuration of this meteorite is the result of a fortuitous rupture occurring along the crystalline planes of its iron body at the point where it was separated from the original mass," says the auction house on its website.

Sarah Crowther, of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester, told CNN that it is a type of iron meteorite known as IIAB.

"There are currently 134 IIAB type iron meteorites out of a total of more than 60,000 known meteorites, so this type is quite rare," he said.

Bids for the heart-shaped meteorite will begin on February 6 and will run until the 14th, when the whole West is celebrated on Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day.

Source: The New Herald


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