12-pound Lunar Meteorite Sells for More Than $600,000

In this Oct. 10, 2018 file photo, a 12-pound lunar meteorite discovered in Northwest Africa in 2017 rests on a table, in Amherst, N.H. Photo: AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi
In this Oct. 10, 2018 file photo, a 12-pound lunar meteorite discovered in Northwest Africa in 2017 rests on a table, in Amherst, N.H.

October 20, 2018 10:17 AM

A 12-pound chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000.

Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam.

Advertisement

RR predicted it would get $500,000 at auction.


More from KSTP


The meteorite was found last year in a remote area of Mauritania in northwest Africa.

It is considered one of the most significant lunar meteorites ever found because of its large size and because it has "partial fusion crust" caused by the tremendous heat that sears the rock as it falls to Earth.

Credits

The Associated Press

(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Advertisement

Klobuchar, Smith pressure TSA for additional screeners at MSP

Park board votes to change name of Calhoun Parkway to Bde Maka Ska Parkway

Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases

Sunny sky, comfortable weather ahead for Thursday

Children's Minnesota helps patients get back to school

Tubing companies concerned after new ordinance on Apple River

Advertisement