Sourced from Spacerocks UK
We source our meteorites from David Bryant at Spacerocks UK. David has been a meteorite specialist for over 15-years and is a well known and respected figure in the industry - you might have met him at an event or attended one of his talks.
Spacerocks UK are also members of the prestigious International Meteorite Collectors Association (IMCA) so offer a lifetime guarantee of authenticity with all of their meteorites.
If you are looking for something larger or more unique than the meteorites offered here please contact us, we will do our best to source something suitable.
Beautiful crystal chunk of the Campo del Cielo Argentinian iron meteorite.
Prepared by super-cooling and fracturing, these attractive examples of this historic meteorite are supplied in an acrylic display box.
These make fantastic gifts for astronomers and people interested in space - children and adults alike!
Please note - meteorites are unique and come in different shapes and sizes. We have photographed a number intended to represent the meteorite you receive but the actual meteorite and packaging will differ slightly from those photographed. The price displayed is for a single meteorite. The grey cube in the photo is 1cm.
The first record of the Campo del Cielo meteorite was in 1576. A Spanish governor learned of the Iron from the Indians, who reportedly believed that it had fallen from heaven. He sent an expedition under the command of one Captain de Miraval who brought back a few pieces of a huge iron mass he called Meson de Fierro (table of iron). The location of the find was the Camp del Cielo (field of the sky) a fitting name for the location of a meteorite, since the Indians believes that the irons fell from heaven. The area is an open brush-covered plain that has little water and no other rocks - very good country in which to locate meteorites.
The Camp del Cielo is classified as a coarse octahedrite. At 3mm, the Widmanstatten bands are thicker than those of Canyon Diablo or Odessa, but still thin enough to have the same classification.
These individual crystals are obtained by freezing a large Campo in liquid nitrogen and shattering it with a hammer blow. This process not only reveals the fascinating shapes of the crystals, but often produces flat surfaces displaying the fine parallel Neumann lines of the kamacite phase. These are thought to have been shock-induced during impacts on the parent body.