New micrometeorites look like crystal balls from space!

We are delighted to announce the discovery of two new barred olivine micrometeorites, NMM 2899 and NMM 2900.

NMM 2900 is a barred olivine micrometeorite with a grey color. This micrometeorite also features large crystal plates and small Christmas Tree crystals all over its surface.
Barred olivine micrometeorite, NMM 2900. Discovered and photographed by Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle. © Project Stardust, 2022.

Barred olivine (BO) is the most common type of micrometeorite, but at the same time is one of the most beautiful. These aerodynamic specks of stardust from space have been created by sheer brutality; Fire caused by hypervelocity during atmospheric entry creates an efficient aerodynamic spherical shape and forms crystals on the surface.

The characteristic stripy surface texture of barred olivine micrometeorites consists of thin parallel olivine crystal plates glued together with glass. Small magnetite crystals are wedged between the larger crystal plates creating a “Christmas tree” effect.

Until six years ago it was considered impossible to find micrometeorites among urban dust. Read the full story about this improbable discovery in the book, “Star Hunter”, or subscribe to the Project Stardust VIP list to learn about the Strawberry Moment that started it all.

In a few weeks we will be launching a full store featuring prints of our spectacular photos. Soon you will be able to bring a cosmic perspective into your home and wardrobe. To learn more about our upcoming plans and receive a discount code for our Grand Opening, go to www.projectstardust.xyz

We feel deeply grateful for your support over the years and look forward to connecting with more regularly over additional social channels.

Yours truly,

Jon Larsen & Jan Braly Kihle

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