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Brahin Meteorite

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This stunning meteorite specimen is part of one of the rare Russian Brahin meteorites

Key Features

  • Rare and outstanding, this Brahin meteorite specimen is one of the rarest on earth
  • Comprised of pallasite, this example is from a meteorite found in Belarus in 1807
  • Only a tiny fraction of meteorites found are pallasite meteorites
  • This otherworldy composite suspends peridot-quality olivine in an iron-nickel matrix
  • Found 1807
  • 26 1/4 high x 12 high

Item Details

  • Width:
    12 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
A truly otherworldly treasure, this rare meteorite is one of the famed Brahin, or Bragin, meteorites first  found in Gomel, Belarus in 1807. Known as pallasite, this specimen is the rarest type of meteorite, comprised of an iron-nickel matrix with beautiful olivine, or peridot, crystals held in suspension that when cut and polished, resembles the most enchanting brecciated marble. Because they contain large pieces of peridot, these meteorites are known as "outer-space gemstones." Only a tiny fraction of all the meteorites found on Earth are pallasite meteorites, and most specimens found on the market are very small. This large slice is not only monumental in size, but also features crust, the burned outer surface of the meteor, all the way around! Examples featuring even a small amount of this crust are highly desirable with collectors.

Found 1807

26 1/4" high x 12" high

These exceptional meteorites were found in a massive strewnfield measuring about 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) long and 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) wide crossed by the Dnieper River. In 1807, two masses of 80 kilograms (180 lb) and 20 kilograms (44 lb) were found by farmers of Kaporenki, a village in the district of Bragin, and sent to the local university for study. Only eleven additional have been found in the 200 years since, with a total weight of about 820 kg. An additional mass of 227 kg was found at a depth of 10 feet in 2002.

Samples of Brahin meteorites have always been highly desirable. Several samples were looted from Kiev by German soldiers during World War II and others located in Minsk also disappeared.  In 1986, the strewnfield was contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, making further discovery extraordinarily dangerous. Even though post-accident recovered meteorites are safe and not contaminated, meteorite hunting in the area is not entirely safe. This alone makes this incredible specimen an extraterrestrial treasure.

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