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Out of this world, quite literally: The beautiful and mysterious Fukang meteorite

By LYLE BRENNAN

PUBLISHED: 15:45 GMT, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 15:45 GMT, 14 April 2012
When it slammed into the surface of Earth, there was little sign of the beauty that lay inside.

But cutting the Fukang meteorite open yielded a breathtaking sight.

Within the rock, translucent golden crystals of a mineral called olivine gleamed among a silvery honeycomb of nickel-iron.


Cosmic wonder: Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory lets the sun shine through a polished slice of the Fukang rock

The rare meteorite weighed about the same as a hatchback when it was discovered in 2000, in the Gobi Desert in China’s Xinjiang Province.

It has since been divided into slices which give the effect of stained glass when the sun shines through them.

An anonymous collector holds the largest portion, which weighs 925lb. in 2008, this piece was expected to fetch $2million (£1.26million) at auction at Bonham’s in New York – but it remained unsold.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2129747/The-beautiful-mysterious-Fukang-pallasite-meteorite.html#ixzz1xxGEGnk3

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  1. Alix
    June 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Either that meteorite gives people superman powers or that guy is just freakishly strong….he’s holding the largest portion “which weighs 925lbs”?….

    • June 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      it says it is a polished slice of the Fukang rock :)

      • wut
        June 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        “An anonymous collector holds the largest portion, which weighs 925lb.”

        Nope, it doesn’t.

      • Anonymous
        June 20, 2012 at 1:00 am

        No need to swear man, it’s just a Fukang rock

      • Michelita
        June 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        the CAPTION on the PICTURE says “Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory lets the sun shine through a polished slice of the Fukang rock”. The statement saying the anonymous collector “holds” anything means simply that he owns it, not that he’s currently holding it in the picture. Having a picture on the website with his name in the caption would make him less than anonymous. L2English please.

      • August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

        “a polished slice”….is that pizza from Poland

      • January 15, 2013 at 7:16 am

        no, dummy… the collector isn’t literally holding.. ah never mind. Somebody has to serve me food at the drive-through.

    • June 20, 2012 at 12:02 am

      I don’t think they mean the person in the picture is that anonymous person… Considering the meteorite is a giant “honeycomb” structure, it’s probably a lot lighter than it appears.

      • caligirl
        June 27, 2012 at 1:13 am

        It’s not a honeycomb though, it just looks like one. The “holes” of the honeycomb are actually filled in, so it probably doesn’t weigh much less…

      • January 15, 2013 at 7:17 am

        Are people really confused about this?

    • Anonymous
      June 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

      I think you’re all missing the largest piece of this puzzle. If he’s an anonymous collector they wouldn’t publish his name and photo, now would they?

    • anonymous
      June 26, 2012 at 1:53 am

      you guys are smarter than this……

    • Colton
      June 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Yeah, that is “Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory” (Brennan, 2012, par. 4). It has obviously been split, hence not the biggest piece. Simply because it is from space doesn’t mean that Earth’s principles of physics don’t apply. The author could have chosen to rephrase that sentence for clarity. Perhaps it could have read “The largest portion, weighing in at 925 lbs, is in the possession of an anonymous collector…” Does anyone else find it interesting that it resembles stained glass? Any other places you know that regularly employ that art form? Perhaps it is more than just a coincidence.

    • October 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

      You’re retarded. They’re talking about not physically holding, they’re talking about a person who has the largest piece. That piece probably only weighs about 40-80 pounds. Not that heavy.

      • January 15, 2013 at 7:17 am

        good lord people are stupid.

  2. bruce
    June 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    It doesnt say the one in the photo is the largest piece. they just said there is an anonymous person that has the largest.

    • Zed
      June 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Um, actually, it does say that he is holding a 925 lb. chunk of rock: “An anonymous collector holds the largest portion, which weighs 925lb.” The number is either a typo, or it’s yet another reporter who’s either exaggerating or just not checking their facts (surprise, surprise). Oh yeah, there’s also the other possibility: the whole thing is BS.

      • Fennore
        June 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        Okay, obviously the piece he is physically holding does not weigh 925lbs. A collector holds the largest piece – meaning a collector own it. the caption of the photo says Cosmic wonder: Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory lets the sun shine through a polished slice of the Fukang rock – this does not mean that Marvin is the collector.

      • Zed = BS
        June 19, 2012 at 6:51 am

        The reality is that the phrase that is confusing you is quite common and yet you are so paranoid and cynical that you think your ignorance is makes this story BS instead of your attitude being BS.

      • duh lrn2read
        June 19, 2012 at 7:38 am

        +1 to Fennore; this is the photo caption “Cosmic wonder: Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory lets the sun shine through a polished slice of the Fukang rock.” The part about the anonymous collector “holding” the biggest portion means they own the biggest portion… if the thing is the size of a station wagon, then the picture of the guy holding the piece means it is certainly not the biggest piece.

      • June 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

        You guys aren’t getting it – an anonymous collector “holds” think owns – the largest portion…. The pic is not that guy or that portion

      • Theincredibleedibleegg
        June 20, 2012 at 3:32 am

        Surely you aren’t that big of an idiot? Oh wait, nevermind. You already answered that. :)

      • Anonymous
        June 20, 2012 at 5:07 am

        It’s meant like holding a Championship. I’m sure someone of your intelligence has watched wrestling and remembers when Stone Cold or someone was Champion. However I believe you were confused when they lifted that belt above their head…

      • wt
        June 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        zed holds the title of idiot. Maybe he should put it down.

      • Yoda
        August 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

        Zed – Reading Comprehension; back-to-school spot check:F
        Needs review, P/T conference.

  3. Anonymous
    June 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    That’s quite a Fukang Meteorite!

  4. Anonymous
    June 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

    “That’s quite a Fukang Meteorite!”

    Win.

  5. anonymous
    June 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

    holy Fukang shit

  6. June 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Its a little sketchy that he seems to be holding that large piece with one hand. I’m going to assume that wasn’t the largest part that weighed over 900 lbs.

  7. Not Martin Kilgore
    June 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    The guy holding the piece is named Martin Kilgore. If the person who own the larges piece is anonymous, then its obviously not Martin Kilgore.

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Thank you!!!!

    • Someone
      August 29, 2012 at 1:55 am

      I bet YOU are Martin Kilgore, and this is a last effort to cover up the leaked photos of your Fukang-mutated henchmen lifting half-ton rocks. It’s a Fukang conspiracy!

      • I-Second-You
        November 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm

        hear hear!

  8. mike
    June 19, 2012 at 12:22 am

    People, read. The caption does not say that the guy in the picture is holding a 900+ piece of the meteorite. It says his name, and at the bottom, they are saying that someone else owns(holds) the largest piece, which is 925lbs.

  9. Wow
    June 19, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Wow people…if the guy in the photo was holding a 925lb rock there would be a caption directly beneath the photo stating “Above man holds 925lb piece of meteorite”. Do people not read news articles? Or just not know how paragraphs work?

    The paragraph may need some rewording, to avoid confusion with some readers (who have trouble reading). Instead write “An anonymous collector now owns the largest portion, which weighs 925lb….”

  10. Anonymous
    June 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

    This ongoing misunderstanding is Fukang Hilaaaarious!

  11. Anonymous
    June 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

    everywhere you look there’s proof that at least half of the world is functionally retarded.

    • annoyny
      June 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Sadly, most of the retards are American. In the rest of the world, retards are not allowed to use the internets.

      • They call me Weez
        June 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

        Your statement is an example of how the rest of the world displays its own ignorance. Clearly, most of the “retards” in the world can’t be American. With China have the largest population in the world, it would stand to reason that China has the most “retards”. However, I’m not nearly as ignorant, or as biased, as you seem to be.
        The statement above yours seems statistically flawed as well. In order for an individual to be considered “retarded”, he or she must have an I.Q. less than 70, using the current standard model. The current model defines average I.Q. as 100. Taking these numbers into account, it stands to reason that approximately 35% of the world is functionally retarded.

      • thomas vesely
        June 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

        not true, see they let me post ……

      • backatcha
        October 10, 2012 at 12:35 am

        In your area they must allow at least one retard to use the web as evidenced by your calling the world wide web the “internets”.

  12. June 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I would like to hang the piece he is holding on my wall. You can tell that it is very thin and can see the light gleaming through it.

  13. Stupidity Abounds
    June 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Good god, you dimwits, Read the caption directly below the photo. Logic tells you that some guy from Texas in a cowboy hat cannot pick up a 925lb+ rock, Let alone a Budweiser of anywhere remotely near that weight.

    • u r welcome
      June 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

      speaking of stupidity abound
      the caption clearly states he’s from arizona, not texas
      learn to read

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      thanks, least someone else has some copon

  14. Anonymous
    June 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    The picture of the man holding the slice of meteorite is names Marvin Killgore. The article speaks of an ANONYMOUS collector who owns the largest piece. So, for all of you people who don’t comprehend that anonymous means we are NOT GIVEN HIS NAME, you should probably keep all moronic, asshole comments to yourself.
    My God, some people are so Fukang STUPID.

  15. Stiffs MurGryphs
    June 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Looks like Martin’s about to ritualistically slay someone on the ground with the *half ton* slab he’s holding..as the meteorite commands..

    Fukang Meteorites, am I right?

  16. Anonymous
    June 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Some readers are just fukang ignorants!

  17. Lou
    June 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Some readers are just Fukang ignorants!

  18. Devin
    June 20, 2012 at 2:27 am

    if the block that man is holding weight over 900 pounds, it would have to be super dense, probably even more so than lead. so if you guys honestly thing it weighs that much, youre obviously not that perceptive.

  19. Anonymous
    June 20, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Wow! These comments go to show that just because you can read doesn’t mean that you are educated. 1. Marvin Kilgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory holds a slice = “Not anonymous”. 2. An anonymous collector holds = An anonymous collector possesses and 3. Stop being stupid.\

    • Anonymous
      June 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

      THANK YOU!

  20. Someone
    June 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    It’s still a huge Fukang slice.

  21. Anonymous
    June 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

    for fukang sakes read the other comments before you leave one. People wake up and go back to fukang school.

  22. June 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

    That thing is a fukang treasure! I think it’s the most awesome meteorite I’ve ever saw!

  23. Anonymous
    June 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

    …….we are headed for another dark ages……. *facepalm*

    • Bahr
      July 1, 2012 at 1:54 am

      Headed for? Try knee deep in.

      • Jody
        September 14, 2012 at 12:39 am

        Knee? All I can see is brown, must be up to my eyes!

  24. Mr_Bliss
    June 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Great stuff guys ! Loving the site i think we need more pple here maybe a forum or smth ! keep up the good work !

    • June 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      thank you, forums will be up in the first part of july :)

  25. Anonymous
    June 26, 2012 at 6:22 am

    reading you idiots thinking that, “holds” means, “to carry,” in that sentence makes me realize how stupid most of the people in the country are. there are so many context clues that specifically point out that the man in the photo is not holding a half ton rock nor is he the owner, including the phrases, “anonymous owner” and “slice of the fukang rock.” if you think that this article with photo is claiming this man in the picture is the owner and is also holding the entire rock, then you should either remove your testicles or ovaries with a weed whacker or melting icicle, respectively. Oh, and if you’ve already spawned something as ” jump into molten magma” stupid as you, you should put your offspring in the microwave tonight with your lean pocket ham and cheese bc you nor your 5 eyed, jump into magma, inbred spawn should be allowed to decrease the potential of our earth’s civilizations and humanity at large with your dna floating around out here anymore.

    • Level 10 Speller
      June 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

      As a concerned grammar nazi, and a card carrying member of the spelling patrol; I find your comment hilariously ironic.

    • Anonymous
      June 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Anon for the win. Best comment on here!! People are more interested in misunderstandings than the actual rock, and I don’t blame them.

  26. Seriously?!
    June 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Whatever that fukang was… it was pretty… Of coarse most people are tards but whats the point of arguing about it?! You all must be fukang bored…

  27. ke$ha.bitchess
    June 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    He’s not holding the largest piece guys, people need to get some education.. blah blah blah.. get fukang over it, hell ya?
    It’s so pretty though right?

  28. William Thomas Heaton
    June 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    boy, you’re all a bunch of rocket scientists, aren’t you? The text is really not as confusing or misleading than you all are making it! An anonymous collector owns the largest chunk, but he is NOT Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory, who is holding a thin slice of the meteor to show the matrix of nickel-iron and amber colored crystal. Like several other readers pointed out, if he (Marvin) was the owner of the largest portion, he would hardly be anonymous after this article was posted! It never ceases to amaze me how, no matter how clearly you state something, people will still mis-understand it or read in to it whatever they want! An interesting article and a rather humorous collection of comments! Thanks!

  29. somebodyoutthere
    June 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    very interesting..and i generally love the hell out of the comment section on most things i read on the web…but i really can’t believe that this would actually have to be repeatedly explained so many times here..gosh people..get off the aspartame and take some krill oil or gingko biloba…here is a link to a helpful list of brain supplements that WILL definitely help sharpen the old noodle..
    The 7 Best Brain Boosting Supplements @ http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-7-best-brain-boosting-supplements…peace and love y’all!

  30. somebodyoutthere
    June 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    oh, p.s. i have no affiliation with that website whatsoever, it was just the first thing i grabbed when looking up brain supplements, just so you know..k, that’s all..have a groovy day! :D

  31. June 27, 2012 at 4:08 am

    It’s not that they need to have something explained, or to explain something, over and over — it’s that they don’t have anything else to do! :D

  32. Christopher
    June 27, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Y’all are hilarious! This Fukang meteor thing flew right over several of your heads! It’s a bit like “Who’s on first” in here. You people rock!

  33. AmaAndAdom
    June 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    … I’m trying really hard to retain my maturity while reading this article… but I just can’t… *facepalm* Fukang rocks…

  34. Anonymous
    June 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Not the picture but I’m guessing the anonymous person is Chuck Noris since he’s holding that +900lb rock over his shoulder

  35. June 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Very interesting tutorial.Thank you!

  36. Loop
    June 29, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Trolling at its finest. I can’t stop laughing. There is no way that guy can lift that much, even with that manstache.

  37. Anonymous
    July 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I came because of the Fukang Rock.
    I stayed because of the Fukang Comments!

  38. July 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    i came because of the Fukang Rock.
    i stayed because of the Fukang Comments!

  39. Thomas ziegler
    July 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    That Marvin guy is strong!

  40. July 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    really wonder…may be one day we can make Gold from Iron……

    • Marvin Killgore
      May 31, 2013 at 2:01 am

      Yes one day we will discover magical properties in iron from alchemy. Definitely going to happen one day.

  41. stephen Potts
    July 29, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I think the article meant to say An anonymous collector owns the largest portion, of this meteorite which weighs 925lb. Not referring to the photo of Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory holding just a thin slice of the original meteorite.

  42. Anonymous
    September 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    It says it weighs as much as a hatchback that’s not that heavy.

  43. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    i like that we all chose to talk about the moron that doesnt understand grammar rather than the article itself

  44. Omar
    September 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    That´s a nice Fukang rock!

  45. Swayve
    October 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Most of you people are too Fukang uptight…..

    • Omar
      October 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      So much win…

  46. October 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Marvin Killgore Is not the anonymous collector who holds=as in owns the largest portion, which weighs 925lb. Marvin Killgore of the Arizona Meteorite Laboratory lets the sun shine through a polished slice of the Fukang rock. Not the same piece of fukang rack.

  47. stepHanie macdayne
    October 10, 2012 at 12:51 am

    this isnt real!

  48. stepHanie macdayne
    October 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

    total bullshit
    all of you guys got your heads up eachothers pie holes

  49. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 at 4:36 am

    you obviously don’t know a fukang thing!

  50. Anonymous
    October 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

    comments >>> article

  51. Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

    thats fukang incredible.

  52. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Too Fukang rocks… 1: 925 pnds, Other: 900? Either way photographer’s head is smooshed. It’s what happens to those who compromise a mans anonymity.

  53. November 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    that rock is fuckin g

  54. abovethefray
    June 25, 2013 at 1:16 am

    This thread is a great example of the failure of our educational systems and parenting skills.

  55. K
    June 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Love how everyone is arguing about the size of the rock or the dude holding it, instead of actually having an intellectual discussion like civilized people…

  56. July 3, 2013 at 5:24 am

    nvmd’vl#snv m[e##a#amf c4[4on5##lkklfuckthisshit][]00k7989vjkjk,h

  57. Anonymous
    July 7, 2013 at 12:28 am

    no one said he was holding the largest peice there guys.

  58. icabod
    July 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

    anyone know where the rock came from?

  59. Anonymous
    August 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Holy freaking goat balls, the amount of people with no reading comprehension skills is astounding.

  60. October 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    What the He**! Amazing how much we still will never know about the Earth that we live on! Beautiful stuff

  61. Anonymous
    November 6, 2013 at 4:50 am

    You people are moronic. Did you even graduate High School? How do you not understand this article.

  62. Someone
    May 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Everytime I setup a new System, I come back here to bookmark this. It’s basically the internet in a nutshell.

  63. Genie
    May 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    OMG u ppl are so Fukang stupid! English seems foreign to u.”hold” and “anonymous” are the two words causing confusion. hold: to keep or hv in possession….. anonymous: not revealing identity(who u are)

  64. June 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    priced a little high for this meteorite

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