Meteorites

Super cool meteorites

rom small pieces to very large specimen of meteorites can be found with us. Below you will find more information.

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Meteorites are pieces of stone or iron that fell on Earth from outer space. They are small chunk pieces, sometimes even up to kilometres large, of planetoїdes that like the planets, orbit around our Sun.

A typical meteorite finally hits the surface of the Earth at a rate of approximately 100 metres per second (about 350 km per hour).  Obviously  even a small meteorite at such a speed may cause great damage. Depending on the surface where the meteorite falls, it might cause an impact crater with a depth of a few centimeters to over  meters  deep.

On very occasions it is possible to witness a meteorite fall. These meterorites are referred to as “falls” as opposed to “finds” and are because of their fame, considerably more valuable. Eye-witnesses of a meteorite impact and impact craters, contributes to finding meteorites. In particular this "witness falls" provide important information.

Each meteorite gets a name that is based on the site where it has been found. Finding meteorites is a challenge for scientists and private collectors. Most meteorites, however, plunges into the sea. Only 30% falls on land. On Antarctica and in sandy deserts, most meteorites are found because they are well visible and therefore findable.

Types of meteorites

Meteorites are very rare, unique and precious.

Meteorites can contain different types of material. There are three main groups: stony meteorites, iron meteorites and stony/iron meteorites.

By far the most wanted are pallasites, the most famous  of the stony/iron group. They are basicaly iron/nickel meteorites with inclusions of spectacular transparent crystals of peridot, identical to the ones we find on our earth! Pallasites are therefore called “gems from outer space”.

Our collection of meteorites

Our collection contains of large and small meteorites. You can visit by appointment only or Saturday without an appointment between 12:00 to 17:00. Take a look at our website.