A giant piece of moon will go on sale for an astronomical $500,000 

Mail Online | 1/11/2017 | Charlie Bayliss For Mailonline
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A huge piece of the moon which crashed down to Earth is being sold for $500,000 (£380,000).

The 12lb (five kg) lunar meteorite is made of up of six fragments that can be pieced together like a jigsaw.

Chunk - Rock - Moon - Puzzle - Shape

The hefty chunk of rock, unofficially known as 'The Moon Puzzle' due to its unique shape, was found last year in the Sahara desert.

It is one of the largest chunks of moon rock to go on sale publicly experts say, dwarfing similar items at auction that typically only weigh a few hundreds grams.

Part - Meteorite - Pounds - Kg - Inches

The largest part of the meteorite is an impressive six pounds (two kg) and it measures more than seven inches by five inches (17x12cm).

A meteorite expert described the rock as the most 'significant' of its kind to go on the market.

Geoff - Notkin - Executive - Aerolite - Meteorites

Geoff Notkin, chief executive of Aerolite Meteorites, who hosted the US TV show Meteorite Men, said: 'This meteorite was blasted off the surface of our moon in the distant past, likely by the impact of a different meteorite, then journeyed the 250,000 miles to Earth.

'Against all the odds, it survived a fiery descent through our atmosphere to be found in the wilds of the deserts of North West Africa in 2017.

World - Museums - Lunar - Meteorite - Size

'Few, if any, of the world's top museums have a lunar meteorite that is anywhere near this in size and uniqueness.

'Without a...
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