Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to a rather bewitching micrometeorite. NMM 3369 is a tricolor, glass (V-type) micrometeorite with no less than three metal beads in the front surrounded by a crystalline area.
In the back, the enchanting space rock features a “boiling” vesicular area with no less than three smaller metal beads. Glass micrometeorites often have a large vesicle or opening in the back where volatile gases escaped escaped during the perilous descent to Earth. But in all my years of hunting stardust, I’ve never seen a foamy structure like this before.
It brings me such joy to share beautiful color images of NMM 3369 from two angles captured by myself and Jan Braly Kihle and a scanning electron microscope (SEM) image by myself and Siri Simonsen.
I hope, like me, you find it enriching to see the same micrometeorite using a variety of imaging techniques that each reveal different features of the micrometeorite. The SEM image shows delicate surface details with fantastic resolution, while the color image displays the micrometeorite’s colors, translucency, and mysterious inner vesicles. If not for the color image, perhaps these inner vesicles may have gone undetected.
Here at Project Stardust, this is a very exciting week, as we just launched our new website on Cyber Monday! There you will find limited edition fine art prints of our Winter 2022 Micrometeorite Collection, which was co-curated by our community on Facebook and Instagram. (Many thanks to those who left comments and participated in the voting!) We have also included digital versions of all of our books, including THE ATLAS for your instant enjoyment.
Our small team poured their hearts and souls into finding the very best fine art manufacturers and creating a website experience that matches the beauty of our art.
As ever, we hope you enjoy learning about micrometeorites and can’t wait to hear what you think of our new website! If you do purchase a fine art piece, first THANK YOU! And, please be sure to share photos with us when it arrives. It is deeply thrilling for us to see our art out in the world!
In you have questions, please leave a comment under here or reach out on social media. Enjoy!