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Amy’s Everyday Astronomy: Gallery+Story – Moroccan Meteorite

In east Morocco, between Errachidia and Midelt, there lies a small village called Ksar Tillichte. Hard to find on most maps, the village lies in an area that is not densely populated.

In fact, the road between Errachidia and Midelt is empty of settlements for miles. During Ramadan, in the evening of May 30, 2018, Brahim Brahimovitch decided to spend this day of fasting out looking for meteorites. That’s when he happened upon a strange rock laying on the ground. He picked it up and continued walking.

Approximately 300 feet (100 meters) away, he found another, and then another.

He noticed that these three rocks seemed to fit together, like pieces from the same puzzle. Upon closer examination, he noticed veins of different minerals running throughout. These rocks, with their strange striations, were unlike anything he’d ever seen.

Believing these to be meteorites, he noted that the rocks were not shattered, as one might expect from an impact, but rather broken almost cleanly.

It is his belief that these possible meteoric pieces house natural diamonds. And indeed, when one looks closely at the pictures, it is evident that something with a sparkle lies within the mysterious stones. He is no geologist, however. And while I have some geologic knowledge, the best I can say is that crystallization of some type runs throughout.

But whether these are natural diamonds or quartz crystals, I cannot say for certain.

Notifying me via my Facebook Page, it is his hope that NASA will take an interest in his find. He welcomes their expert analysis and examination and hopes that should these rocks prove to be authentic meteorites; they will be named after his village.

In keeping with my promise to him, I plan to report this find to the proper institutions.

For best practices when handling meteorites there are certain things to keep in mind:

First, remember that meteorites are not harmful to humans or other life here on Earth. The following protocols are designed to protect the meteorites from contamination and alteration.

Following these procedures will preserve the scientific and aesthetic qualities of your find.

Whenever possible, try to collect and handle the rocks with clean gloves, tongs, or new aluminum foil.

Keep the meteorite clean and dry. Perhaps place it in a zip-lock bag to allow for a measure of protection against atmospheric humidity.

Add moisture absorption packages to the aluminum or zip-lock bag if possible, keeping it from coming into physical contact with the meteorite.

If you find a suspected meteorite, go online,  where you can find a list of institutions in your area that can determine whether the rock is from somewhere else in the cosmos, or something native to our home planet.

I know I’m always telling you to keep your eyes to the skies, but sometimes the best gifts around are lying right on the ground.

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About Amy Cooley

A native El Pasoan, Amy Cooley attended Parkland High School before beginning her studies in physics at EPCC. With her love of dark skies increasing, she transferred to New Mexico Tech University where she earned her degree in Astronomy. Moving back to El Paso in 2008, she now wants to share her love of the cosmos with the city she calls home.

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One comment

  1. Sorry! None of the rocks pictured looks to be meteoritic. Meteorites do not have quartz crystal or mineral veins. Most meteorites will attract a magnet.

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