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New glass micrometeorite has strange foamy vesicles

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!

Yours truly,

Jon Larsen

Project Stardust glass micrometeorite NMM 3369 with strange vessicles discovered and photographed by Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle bottom view
Bottom view of NMM 3369’s bewitching vesicles, discovered and photography by Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle. © Project Stardust, 2022.
Project Stardust glass micrometeorite NMM 3369 with strange vessicles discovered and photographed by Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle close up
Close up view of NMM 3369’s bewitching vesicles, discovered and photography by Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle. © Project Stardust, 2022.
Project Stardust glass micrometeorite NMM 3369 with strange vessicles discovered and photographed by Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle scanning electron microscope image
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of NMM 3369 by Siri Simonsen and Jon Larsen. © Project Stardust, 2022.

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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

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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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