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Micrometeorites

are the oldest matter there is.

NOTHING HAS TRAVELED FARTHER.

Micrometeorites are tiny mineral remnants from space — cosmic rocks the size of a grain of sand — that have landed on Earth. While most are particles shed by asteroids and comets, some are older than the Sun, and others have traveled to Earth from the outermost reaches of space.

It is truly astonishing that these tiny specks of stardust, that are no larger than the periods in these sentences, can be collected and identified. They travel unfathomable distances, plummet through the Earth's atmosphere, scream to a halt, mix with terrestrial and anthropogenic imposters, and can somehow still be discovered and photographed in extraordinary detail.

For more than a century, scientists searched for stardust in populated areas, but only found the enigmatic micrometeorites in prehistoric sediment and remote areas, such as the blue ice of Antarctica, deserts, glaciers, and the vast expanse of outer space. Even though radar measurements confirmed that up to 100 metric tonnes of micrometeorites land on Earth every day, it was believed that finding stardust among the limitless mounds of dust here on Earth, was impossible.

This all changed in February 2015 with Jon Larsen's breakthrough discovery of the first urban micrometeorite, NMM 1, a slightly translucent barred olivine spherule that Jon found in the sludge of a Norwegian rain gutter.

After seven years of searching — seven years of becoming an expert at identifying every possible type of earth- and human-made spherule — Jon Larsen, Norway's most celebrated jazz guitarist, made history and revolutionized the study of micrometeorites.

Since then, Jon's legendary partnership with Jan Braly Kihle, an accomplished mineralogist from the University of Oslo, has produced the world's first high resolution images of micrometeorites in breathtaking color.

For some, Jon and Jan's captivating art serves as a constant reminder that no matter where we are, we are always surrounded by beauty. For others, Jon's discoveries provide the keys to unlocking the secrets of the universe and, perhaps, even life itself.

Micrometeorites are tiny mineral remnants from space — cosmic rocks the size of a grain of sand — that have landed on Earth. While most are particles shed by asteroids and comets, some are older than the Sun, and others have traveled to Earth from the outermost reaches of space.

It is truly astonishing that these tiny specks of stardust, that are no larger than the periods in these sentences, can be collected and identified. They travel unfathomable distances, plummet through the Earth's atmosphere, scream to a halt, mix with terrestrial and anthropogenic 

imposters, and can somehow still be discovered and photographed in extraordinary detail.

For more than a century, scientists searched for stardust in populated areas, but only found the enigmatic micrometeorites in prehistoric

sediment and remote areas, such as the blue ice of Antarctica, deserts, glaciers, and the vast expanse of outer space. Even though radar measurements confirmed that up to 100 metric tonnes of micrometeorites land on Earth every day, it was believed that finding stardust among 

the limitless mounds of dust here on Earth, was impossible.

This all changed in February 2015 with Jon Larsen's breakthrough discovery of the first urban micrometeorite, NMM 1, a slightly translucent barred olivine spherule 

that Jon found in the sludge of a Norwegian rain gutter.

After seven years of searching — seven years of becoming an expert at identifying every possible type of earth- and human-made spherule — Jon Larsen, Norway's most celebrated 

jazz guitarist, made history and revolutionized the study of micrometeorites.

Since then, Jon's legendary partnership with Jan Braly Kihle, an accomplished minarologist from the University of Oslo, has produced the 

world's first high resolution images of micrometeorites in breathtaking color.

For some, Jon and Jan's captivating art serves as a constant reminder that no matter where we are, we are always surrounded by beauty.

For others, Jon's discoveries provide the keys to unlocking the secrets of the universe and, perhaps, even life itself.

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Meet this season's micrometeorites

This season's collection features a variety of stunning micrometeorites. From mountainous cryptocrystalline turtlebacks and bewitching glass spherules to ultra rare giants. Available for a limited time only.

NMM 1448: V-TYPE

NMM 1448:  V-TYPE

Glass / Vitreous

Glass or vitreous type (V-type) micrometeorites each a temperature of up to 2000°C (3600°F) as they descend through the atmosphere..

These delicate, translucent spherules are difficult to find due to their lack of magnetism, since most of their metals evaporated during descent. 

NMM 1359:  CC-TYPE

Crypto-crystalline

Cryptocrystalline (CC-type) micrometeorites are composed of glassy particles with fine-grained crystallites that are too small to recognize as individual grains.

Many of these magnificent spherules feature metal beads and aerodynamic forms, while others have a "turtleback" shape with humps distributed evenly around the spherule.

NMM 1359:  CC-TYPE

NMM 500:  BO-TYPE

Barred Olivine

Barred olivine (BO-type) spherules are coarse-grained  micrometeorites made of the magnesium variety of the mineral olivine, forsterite, which is punctuated with small particles of magnetite.

The surface features striations that are formed when iron reacts with oxygen in the atmosphere. 

NMM 500:  BO-TYPE

NMM 1149:  PO-TYPE

Porphyritic Olivine

Porphyritic olivine (PO-type) micrometeorites are also made of forsterite, a type of olivine that is made of magnesium.

There are many morphological varieties of this type of micrometeorite; From evenly distributed small crystals, to crystals that increase in side, to extremely large or even possibly a single olivine crystal.

NMM 1149:  PO-TYPE

NMM 1271:  Sc-TYPE

Scoriaceous

When stardust does not reach a peak temperature of at least 1350°C (2500°F) during entry and deceleration, it barely melts. Volatile elements expand and escape in the form of gas bubbles, which results in a scoriaceous (SC-type) or vesicular micrometeorite.

Micrometeorites of this type are extremely difficult to find.

NMM 1271:  SC-TYPE

NMM 1271: G-, I-, CAT-typeS

Other Types

From G-types with dark silicate glass, I-types dominated by iron, and milky CAT spherules  enriched with calcium, aluminum, and titanium, to fossil, unmelted, and un-categorized micrometeorites.

There is no question that Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle's contributions have had a dramatic effect on the field.

NMM 1271:  G-/I-/CAT-TYPES

Jon and Jan are
EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS. 

Michael Zolensky

NASA JOhnson Space Center

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Never forget: YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY STARDUST, inside and out.

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FIREBALL: Visitors from Darker Worlds

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From directors Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, this remarkable journey across our planet and universe explores how meteorites, shooting stars, and deep impacts have awoken our wonder about other realms-and make us rethink our destinies.

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The Atlas

of Micrometeorites

Never before has it been possible to see stardust in such a large format with crisp details. The 500+ color images are made possible by a new photo technology developed for this project by the author and mineralogist Jan Braly Kihle. 

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The Atlas of Micrometeorites provides an INVALUABLE RESOURCE
for stardust hunters around the world.

Matthew Genge

Imperial College, London

ORIGIN STORIES

Jon Larsen revolutionized the study of micrometeorites when he became the first person to discover a micrometeorite from an urban environment. Then a new form of art emerged when he and Jan Braly Kihle created the world's first high resolution photographs of micrometeorites in colour.

Learn about the singular moment that led to Jon's groundbreaking discovery
and the phone call that kickstarted a truly epic friendship.

Jon Larsen revolutionized the study of micrometeorites when he became the first person to discover a micrometeorite from an urban environment. Then a new form of art emerged when he and Jan Braly Kihle created the world's first high resolution photographs of micrometeorites in colour.

Learn about the singular moment that led to Jon's groundbreaking discovery and the phone call that kickstarted a truly epic friendship.

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I'm ready. TEACH ME.

Micrometeorites

Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle have amassed the world's most expansive collection of urban micrometeorites and they want you to follow in their footsteps.

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HALLO and welcome!

We're Jon Larsen & Jan Braly Kihle

We are world renowned micrometeorite experts here to share our cosmic art and inspire the world to become star hunters.

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