Northwest Africa 3009

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NWA 3009 meteorite
Type Chondrite[1]
Class Ordinary chondrite[1]
Group L4-6[1]
Shock stage S3[1]
Weathering grade W2[1]
Country Northwest Africa[1]
Region Zag, Morocco[citation needed]
Observed fall No
Found date 2001[1]
TKW 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb)[1]
Alternative names Northwest Africa 3009

The NWA 3009 meteorite was found in Northwest Africa during 2001.[1]


Meteorites are usually named after the village nearest their place of discovery. Those found in the deserts of Northwest Africa have mostly been called NWA (for Northwest Africa) followed by a serial number.


Like all L chondrites NWA 3009 probably comes from the asteroid 433 Eros, which may have collided millions of years ago with another fragment in the asteroid belt. The debris from the collision departed on an eccentric path, eventually crossing Earth's orbit and impacting as meteorites. The reflectance spectra of Eros correspond quite accurately with those of the L-and LL-chondrites.[citation needed]

It is held in a private collection in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony.[citation needed]

Samples from the meteorite are held by the Mineralogical Museum of the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz.[citation needed]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Northwest Africa 3009". Meteoritical Bulletin Database. Meteoritical Society. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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