SEEING INTO ROCKS FROM SPACE
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Aouinet Legraa XPL
144" x 80"
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in cross-polarized light (XPL)
Nine months after a witnessed fireball event in July 2013 above western Algeria hunters discovered fresh fusion-crusted stones on the ground. These meteorites are a relatively common category of meteorites known as eucrites. Aouinet Legraa is a superb example of a eucrite that crystallized from molten magma on an ancient parent body, yet has not been fragmented by subsequent impacts until its final launch towards Earth. The blue, green and orange grains in this image are pyroxene and the gray to white lath-like grains are plagioclase.
in parallel-polarized light (PPL)
This image is made from the same meteorite specimen as the darker version above. A change in alignment of polarizing filters alters the birefringent spectrum of light passing through the slide, resulting in a dramatically different color palette.
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EXPLORE THE COLLECTIONS
Click through the gallery below to explore art pieces made from different meteorites.