Me­te­orite pieces will be stars of an­tiques show

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ‘marden Base No Longer Viable’ - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

An an­tiques deal­er­ship is set to pro­vide an out-of-this-world of­fer to vis­i­tors to a fair, with the op­por­tu­nity to buy a piece of me­te­orite from a fa­mous crater.

John Shep­herd and Erna His­cock, based in Ash­ford, will take pieces of the orig­i­nal me­te­orite from the Bar­ringer Me­te­orite Crater in Ari­zona to the An­tiques For Ev­ery­one Spring Fair at the NEC in Birm­ing­ham, which runs from to­day (Thurs­day) un­til Sun­day.

Hi s c o c k a n d S h e p h e r d An­tiques will give vis­i­tors the chance to pur­chase a piece of 50,000-year-old his­tory.

The Bar­ringer Me­te­orite crater, named in honour of min­ing mag­nate Daniel Bar­ringer who was first to suc­cess­fully sug­gest the crater was caused by me­te­orite im­pact, is lo­cated in the North Ari­zona desert and is the breath-tak­ing re­sult of a col­li­sion be­tween an as­ter­oid trav­el­ling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth ap­prox­i­mately 50,000 years ago.

It is com­posed of nickel-iron and is more than 30 me­tres across and weighs more than 270,000 met­ric tons.

The force of the ex­plo­sion when it hit planet earth is es­ti­mated to have been equal to 2.5 mega­tons of TNT, which is about 150 times the force of the atomic bomb which de­stroyed Hiroshima dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

The im­pact pre­dated hu­mankind an the force of the ex­plo­sion melted the me­te­orite, dis­pers­ing it across the land­scape in a fine mist of molten metal.

This mist be­came mixed with par­tially melted lime­stone and sand­stone which was blasted out of the crater.

It is pieces of this an­cient amal­gam that vis­i­tors will be able to buy at the Spring Fair and add to their col­lec­tions.

Mary Claire Boyd, An­tiques for Ev­ery­one’s Sum­mer Fair Di­rec­tor, said: “It quite lit­er­ally is an out-of-this-world op­por­tu­nity for those vis­it­ing the fair and we give thanks to John Shep­herd and Erna His­cock for bring­ing such an un­usual item for sale.”

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Ash­ford an­tiques dealer will make ma­jor im­pact at An­tiques Fair with me­te­orite-to-buy of­fer

Me­te­orite pieces

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