Stony iron pallasite meteorite. Sericho meteorites are found in Eastern Kenya and contain olivine crystals. Rare and beautiful meteorite,
Iron meteorites, also known as siderites, or ferrous meteorites, are a type of meteorite that consist overwhelmingly of an iron–nickel alloy known as meteoric iron that usually consists of two mineral phases: kamacite and taenite.
Sericho meteorites are an extraordinary type of pallasite meteorite discovered in Kenya, renowned for their unique and captivating characteristics. These meteorites were stumbled upon by local tribesmen in 2016 within the boundaries of the Kenyan village of Habaswein, situated near the border with Somalia. What distinguishes Sericho meteorites from others is their composition—specifically, they are a type of pallasite meteorite, a rare variety containing olivine crystals embedded in an iron-nickel matrix.
The Sericho meteorites are believed to have originated from the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. When these meteorites entered Earth’s atmosphere, they fragmented, scattering pieces across the Kenyan landscape. They’re thought to have fallen thousands of years ago, remaining hidden until their discovery.
What makes Sericho meteorites particularly fascinating to collectors and scientists alike is their aesthetic appeal. When cut and polished, the olivine crystals within the iron-nickel matrix create stunning patterns and colors, showcasing a beautiful blend of metallic matrix and gem-like stones. The intricate patterns formed by the fusion of iron and olivine make these meteorites highly sought after by collectors and researchers worldwide.
The discovery of Sericho meteorites has provided scientists with valuable insights into the composition of celestial bodies and the history of our solar system. Their rarity, coupled with their exquisite appearance, has made them prized specimens for both scientific study and admiration among enthusiasts and collectors, representing a unique window into the mysteries of the cosmos.