a meteorite discovered a century ago and named after its origin in Sweden, captivates with its distinctive features. Notably recognized for its unmistakable appearance, it bears the unique Widmanstätten pattern—a testament to its genesis during a leisurely cooling process in the vast expanse of our solar system. This celestial wanderer is believed to share an age with our sun, rendering it one of the most ancient materials ever unearthed on Earth that is not of terrestrial origin. This is a piece of history, a fragment of the cosmos that defies the boundaries of earthly existence.
The spectacles, adorned with Muonionalusta Meteorite, are crafted with unparalleled expertise, 95% of which is meticulously fashioned in Belgium, where careful craftsmanship is an essential component. Its frame and intricate details are composed of aluminum typically utilized in the construction of fighter jets, resulting in unparalleled lightweight wearability. The meteorite itself is processed beyond the borders of Belgium, while the high-quality diamonds originate from Antwerp's renowned diamond sector and are set by Antwerp's premier workshop.
A Muonionalusta Meteorite belongs to the group of iron meteorites in the category of Octahedrite - type IVA. (This is a class within iron meteorites and they are classified based on their structure). It was first discovered in Northern Scandinavia in Kitkiojoki, Sweden in 1906, but is believed to have crashed one million years ago, making it the oldest meteorite ever found on Earth. The name Muonionalusta originates from the discovery site Muonionalusta, a combination of "Muonio" and "Alusta," Finnish for "possessive particle" and "a place below."
The unique pattern in the meteorite, known as Widmanstätten, is formed by the extremely slow cooling of the inner part of the meteorite. One million years ago, the meteorite reached Earth, entering the atmosphere at an enormous speed and experiencing intense pressure due to friction, causing it to predominantly burn with an external temperature of around 6000°C. This temperature was encountered by the meteorite only once before, during the formation of our solar system, where it cooled extremely slowly. The cooling process occurred at a rate of 1 degree Celsius per hundred thousand years! The combination of cooling, the percentage of nickel and iron, and the complex process/speed of crystal growth resulted in this intriguing crisscross pattern inside the object.
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