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"The Heart of Space": Christie's auction Sikhote-Alin meteorite



If you are still trying to fill in the names of the seizures after you have had another important Valentine's Day, you can literally pay your restraint by offering a slightly more romantic gift.

At an online auction ending February 14, Christie offers non-traditional donors of "The Heart of Space" or LiveScience, a heart-shaped meteorite that "almost destroyed Siberia" in 1947.

"A rich caramel patina further accentuates this great meteorite," writes Christie's romantic description of iron mass, which is likely to sell from $ 300,000 to $ 500,000.

A little less romantic is what was before the space rock became part of Christie's collection. More specifically, when it broke out of the larger mass, it entered the atmosphere as a "fire that was brighter than the Sun" as part of the mass "collapsed chimneys, shattered windows, and tidy trees". Later, the miserable event was mentioned in the Soviet Union postage stamp, illustrating what some likened to the "seeming end of the world".

Peter Brown, director of the Planetary and Research Center at Western Ontario University in Canada, told Space.com that the impact was equivalent to "10 kilotons of TNT".

If it doesn't give you a warm and fuzzy who knows what will be?

Christie's view is that this particular rock is one of the "desirable smooth, crushed specimens," which was free of the 320-year-old meteor that was originally part of a 4.5 billion-year-old iron mass.

The auction was initially scheduled to end on February 12, when the meteor initially hit the ground. But, according to Christie's science and natural history specialist James Hop, "With this heart-shaped example, which is undoubtedly one of the best aesthetic iron meteors, how could we not push it back to Valentine's Day?"

Or, you know, you could just go with flowers and heart shaped Krispy Kreme donut.


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