An extremely unusual moon theory – consisting of six fragments that fits together as a puzzle – has been sold…
An extremely unusual moon theory – consisting of six fragments that fits together as a puzzle – has been sold for USD 612 500, according to the American RR Auction. The meteorite is classified as NWA 11789, Lunar Feldspathic Breccia, unofficially called “Buagaba” or “Moon Puzzle”. Discovered last year, it was blasted by the Moon’s surface in the distant past, probably through the influence of another meteorite.
Thereafter, the Quarter Millions traveled miles to the ground and – against all odds – a fiery descent survived through the atmosphere found in the desert of northwestern Africa. It consists of six pieces that fit together, puzzle-like, to form a mass weighing very close to 5.5 kg. With partial fusion corps visible on one side, it is a completely new classification and the largest known full moon puzzle.
According to the RR auction, it is one of the most important meteorites available for acquisition anywhere in the world today, and perhaps the most significant example of our nearest heavenly neighbor has ever been offered for sale in the history of meteoric science. “The winning bid came from a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex, located in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam,” representatives of the RR auction said in a statement.
“We are very happy and proud that this magnificent moon demo will be proud of this beautiful plant ̵
1; and this Moon Puzzle will certainly inspire students in science for future generations,” they said. When meteorites are discovered in remote areas of the northwestern African desert, far from settlement or known geographical features, they are often given this kind of numerical designation of the academy.
Sometimes nomads or meteorists find additional examples of an existing NWA meteorite at a later date. The subsequent findings can be reviewed and classified by another expert and given a new name or number. It is sometimes discovered by researchers that there are two or more examples of the same meteorite known for science, but with different numbers. In such cases they are known as “parade”. For example, NWA 2998 is paired with NWA 7262, which means that both are likely examples of the same meteorite drop, but are recovered at different times.
A unique or “raised” meteorite is more desirable for collectors and perhaps more valuable to science, especially in the rare cases where single-person is a very large rock. This is the case with Buagba, or NWA 11789: it has no known connections, and is the only example of this meteorite. Given that the average size of a luminous search is a few hundred grams, the size of this offer is really impressive, according to the RR auction.