What you’re looking at above is a 1.75kg rock that was discovered in Libya in 1998. It was once embedded into the dark side of the moon but was dislodged when it was hit by an asteroid. This piece sold for $330,000 over the weekend by Heritage Auctions in New York. Continue reading for an amazing up-close shot, video, and more information.

It is thought that less than 150 pounds of meteorites originating from the Moon which are known to exist.Each lunar meteorite recovery to date has been from a desert where such meteorites are more readily identified. Jim Walker, director of nature and science at Heritage Auctions, added: ‘The enthusiasm among collectors for these rare, aesthetic space rocks was just tremendous. ‘The top prices that collectors were willing to pay for the prime examples reflected that passion.’

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