Muonionalusta pendant, moon shaped, plated metal.
The Muonionalusta is a meteorite classified as fine octahedrite, IVA (Of) type, which hit North of Scandinavia, on the west side west of the border between Sweden and Finland, circa one million years before our era.
The first fragment of the Muonionalusta was found in 1906 near the village of Kitkiöjärvi. Around forty pieces are known today, some being quite large. Other fragments have been found in a 25-by-15-kilometre area in the Pajala district of Norrbotten County, approximately 140 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
The meteorite was first described in 1910 by Professor A. G. Högbom, who named it after a nearby place on the Muonio River. It was studied in 1948 by Professor Nils Göran David Malmqvist. The Muonionalusta, probably the oldest known meteorite (4.5653 ± 0.0001 billion years), marks the first occurrence of stishovite in an iron meteorite.
- Main Mineral/ Name Meteorite
- Mineral Form/ Type Meteorite
- Iron meteorite
- 9.4 g
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