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Oued Awlitis 001   contributed by Ludovic Ferrière   MetBul Link

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Photo: Ludovic Ferrière, NHM Vienna.   Photo Copyright (c) waived but must be captioned 'Image by L. Ferrière (NHM Vienna)'.
362.37 grams.   Lunar

TKW 433 grams. Fall not observed. Found 15 January 2014.

Ludovic writes:
Oued Awlitis 001 is a lunar meteorite, an anorthositic melt rock (i.e., formed during a meteorite impact on the Moon). It was discovered in Western Sahara (25.954 N, 12.493 W) on January 15th, 2014.

The main mass, an incredibly nice, oriented, stone is 362.37 g and 7.7 × 7.0 × 4.0 cm. Additional available fragments (photo 3) are respectively 47.40 g (5.4 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm) and 0.65 g (1.1 x 0.7 x 0.4 cm and 0.6 x 0.4 x 0.3 cm).

The age of formation, terrestrial age, etc. is still unknown but a consortium of scientists will work on that as soon as this meteorite has entered the Natural History Museum of Vienna (NHMV) collection.

This is currently the largest lunar rock in a European public display. We would like your help to make it a permanent resident in our Hall of Meteorites by going to:
Help the NHMV "get to the moon"

Thanks in advance for your help. If you can circulate this information/link/pictures (with attribution - see copyright notice above) to friends/colleagues, all around the Earth, and even beyond...

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Ludovic Ferriere
 12/7/2014 10:12:50 AM
Thanks for your encouragements and nice words, but it will be very difficult to obtain it for the Museum; Donations are almost as rare as meteorites are :-)...
Dr. Mike Reynolds
 12/6/2014 10:18:03 AM
Truly a terrific specimen; I love the orientation. I hope all works out to keep it at the Museum.
Wendy Swartz
 12/6/2014 8:50:11 AM
What a wonderful addition that will make to the museum's collection!
 12/6/2014 4:32:59 AM
Amazing stone...wonderful crust colour. Good cause...great to see it heading for the museum.


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