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This unusual meteorite specimen is a part of the Brahin meteorite, discovered in Russia in 1807 by farmers and sent to the local university scientists. The Brahin meteorite is unique, as it is the result of the violent destruction of what would otherwise have been a planet during the formation of our solar system. It comes from the boundary between the silica rich mantle and the iron-nickel core of a now extinct planet, torn away by a catastrophic impact with another planet or asteroid.
Brahin meteorites are a rare type of meteorite called a pallasite. A pallasite is a special type of meteorite, it is both metal and stone, often the stone part contains peridot or olivine. These are extremely rare, making up only 1.8% of all known meteorites, and are sought after by collectors. Not all Brahin meteorites contain olivine, but all are rare and very collectible.
The Brahin meteorite’s landing site was contaminated in 1986 by the Chernobyl disaster and now falls in the Periodic Control Zone. Post-accident recovered meteorites are safe; they avoid contamination because radiation affects only the first few inches of soil, while most meteorites are found several meters below the surface. Nevertheless, meteorite hunting in the area is not entirely safe. Because of this, these meteorites are extremely rare and new specimens rarely make it to market. The official total known weight for the Brahin meteorite is 1,050 kilograms (2,310 lb), but this is likely underestimated.
This meteorite requires special care - As this meteorite is composed mostly of iron, care must be taken to prevent the piece from rusting. Direct exposure to water is not recommended. Oil the piece regularly with mineral oil or olive oil. Do not leave the piece laying around on wet surfaces.