This came from space! A metallic meteorite made up of iron; nickel and olivine crystals!

  1. I don't think there is a cube. The "cube" isn't separated from the base. No across the bottom cut was ever made.

  2. These type of meteorites come from deep inside a larger protoplanetary body that broke up. The outside of this body would have had rocky materials and the deep core would have had solid iron. But at the transition, olivine and solid metal would have been mixed together for me these meteorites.

  3. There are four olivine beaches in the world. The one I've been to is on the south side of Hawaii's big island. Very cool experience.

  4. Is the 'crust' type of thing around the outside always there? Or is it a byproduct of burning up through the atmosphere?

  5. It would suck. Meteoric iron is terrible for that kind of stuff as it is not steel. I would prefer some grips made out of it.

  6. Alec Steele tried making a knife out of it but couldn't forge it without it breaking apart, so he tried making meteorite Damascus steel using steel powder

  7. That's called "sky iron." IF you can shake that much true meteorite loose, be prepared to pay about $2000 for a swordsmith's time. It would be worth it, though!!

  8. Depends quite a bit on the asteroid. The most common ones would be more "rocky" and contain mostly silicon minerals. But with asteroid mining, you could just drive straight to the more valuable ones at the cost of fuel. Smelting operations would also be more cost effective in zero gravity. But the biggest deal is actually using the metals.

  9. it's crazy to me that deep space and the mantle of earth have the same materials in them. you'd think that they'd be different, because they're so far apart.

  10. Well we expect to see the same stuff because everything in the solar system came from the same dust disc. Some dust particles came together, pulling more and more shit together until eventually it gets big. The interesting thing is that because chondritic meteorites are too small to melt or differentiate into different layers like a planet, they are a proxy for the original composition of earth and the solar disc as a whole.

  11. One time I got a set of meteorite samples from the Smithsonian and had an optics shop carefully prepare small cubic samples. I then flew with them in a specially designed pelican case to one of the most powerful synchrotron xray sources and took a series of submicron resolution CT scans.

  12. I would wonder if the bonds are anyway stronger? I dont know enough about materials science to ask anything important. From a econ perspective is there anyway to infer the metallic content/mix of one without cutting into it? If we’re mining space rocks that could be important. Also- is mining space rocks a good idea for any reason or just more billionaires flexing?

  13. It's basically a piece of the mantle from a rocky planetoid. Earth's mantle would look approximately like that if you froze a piece slowly.

  14. Okay, let's get that thing's big brother in orbit, a couple of smelting mirrors, and start replacing Earth's mines. Or at least stop boosting that heavy shit and start building ships.

  15. I'm a geologist, and I was way more captivated by the olivine crystals. My brain -"No shiny! Green rock green!"

  16. So if one was to forge a sword out of this… would they in advertantly gain the power cosmic?

  17. This is a pallasite, one of the rarer types of meteorites that land on Earth. However, all meteorites contain at least some metal (except lunar and Martian meteorites), just in different quantities. Stone meteorites will have metal flecks, and iron meteorites have a crystalline structure made up usually of nickel and iron. Stony-iron meteorites, like this one, have a nice mix of iron and silicate material! Source: I photograph meteorites for work

  18. That's a really good question. It's thought that most meteorites start out as stoney's but very few of them survive all the way through the atmosphere. The iron ones or the mixed iron ones are tougher and survive passage through the atmosphere.

  19. This one came from the mantle of a planet or similar body. You can also get rockier meteorites from a planetary crust or more purely metallic ones from a planet's core. The rockier ones are a bit less likely to survive entry and impact, though.

  20. I have a small slice of a nickle iron pallesite like that and it cost $400.00--that must be worth a medium fortune. They are so cool though, that is a actual piece of the core of a planet the blew up long ago and far away.

  21. Oh right, I’m supposed to believe that it was cut that clean and accurate in space and just arrived that way, pfffff, not buying it

  22. In Bronze Age, people didn't quite figure out producing iron from ore, but they could collect iron from meteorites, so several cultures called it "sky metal".

  23. Can I just have one tiny platinum/gold meteor land in my yard? Just a few kilos will do. Is that so much to ask?

  24. There's something humbling about this. When you remember that all those stars we see have literal physical bodies orbiting them, that are actual places, that are littered with real physical things like this we could hold.

  25. It really vexes me seeing this. As a kid i always wondered and imagined what wild things are in outer space. But now I know it's the same as on earth. We have all elements everywhere. Every planets gonna have the same compounds as earth as there are only so much atoms in our universe.

  26. Didn’t everything come from space. Wasn’t earth just a fucking rock in space once. Just think about it. Cool space rock though

  27. These pieces are cut and polished, most meteorites are made of iron and nickel and polish to a mirror finish.

  28. I’ve seen this one before, some kind of black liquid comes out and kills everyone.. Where’s this guy now that opened this thing? Anyone seen ‘em?

  29. I love how my dumb brains first thought seeing this was "I wonder how long it had been in space for?!"

  30. Here’s this piece that looks like the first piece! then here’s this piece that looks like that last piece! Oh yea and here’s this piece that looks exactly like the first two pieces! Cool right?!

  31. Just imagine the wealth available if you don’t have to wait for them to drop out of the sky, but went out there and mined an asteroid. I want in on that stock. ‘Sasa ke?’

  32. Has there ever been a meteor that has had some rare material that is unknown to man or just doesn't exist in earth?

  33. It’s starting to bother me that the universe is made up of all the same crap. We’re are the unknown elements from space!?

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