Materials with a long journey through space.
The lunar surface is fully exposed to outer space due to the absence of the atmosphere. When large asteroids hit the Moon, the collision causes lunar material to lift and disperse. The impact has to be forceful enough in order for lunar rocks to reach the Moon’s escape velocity and make it to outer space. The minimum particle speed required for this to happen is 2.38 km/s. Once the material escapes the Moon’s gravity, rock fragments are captured by the gravitational fields of either the Earth or the Sun. When such fragments fall on the Earth, they are called lunar meteorites.
MOON NWA 11273
Collected on Earth by the world's most recognized scientists and renowned collectors from the International Society for Meteoritics and Planetary Science, fragments used are trackable in the World's database of Space Material (Meteoritical Bulletin). Each lunar meteorite has official name and classification that guarantees the legitimacy of the meteorite.
Our in-house team consists of meteorite experts, holding university degrees in meteoritic sciences and classifying space material for the International Space Material Database.
MARS NWA 12564
The second space rock that picked our attention is martian meteorite; a meteoritic material from Mars.
Did you know that glass forms by the impact of the meteorite? And also in our own glass studio in Ljubljana. Using a technique developed by Ana and one of the best glassblowers in Europe, the carefully selected meteoritic fragment is placed inside a high-quality glass sphere to give it protection and a form to be further integrated into stellar creations. Each Spherica is handcrafted individually.
We are honored to have among friends a great scientist who is an active contributor to the meteorite community, an author, and the chief curator of the largest display of space material in the world at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Dr. Ludovic Ferriere. Between his scientific work and taking care of the international meteorite treasure, Dr. Ferriere also travels the globe in search of new impact craters to be confirmed.