A diamond is a girl’s best friend, but the Heart of Space, that will auctioned off online at Christie’s from February 6 to the 14, could exceed $500,000. What is so special about the Heart of Space? Unlike the hundreds of meteorites that came down during the Sikhote-Alin meteor shower, in Siberia on February 12, 1947, this meteorite is unique because it is heart shaped.
The Sikhote-Alin meteor shower will always be an unforgettable event in Russia. This iron meteorite that fell from the heavens, on the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in southeastern Russia in 1947, certainly caused a bang. Looking much shinier than the sun, this meteorite traveled at a speed approximately of about 14km/s (8.7 mi/s). As it entered our atmosphere, it broke into smaller pieces.
One of the many Russians who witnessed the meteor shower was P.I. Medvedev. Instead of panicking, Medvedev, who was a Soviet artist, drew the fireball that he saw from his window. On November 20, 1957, the Soviet Union printed a stamp to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite shower.
In addition to the Sikhote-Alin meteor shower, Siberia, which is one of the coldest places on Earth, is also known for long winters and short summers. Siberia is 13.1 million square kilometers and makes up 77 percent of Russia’s land area. Ever since the 16th and 17th centuries, it has been a part of modern Russia. There are 36 million people who live in Siberia. The highest point in Siberia is the Klyuchevskaya Sopka, an active volcano, on the Kamchalka Peninsula, is at a peak of 4,750 meters. Novosibirsk, the biggest city in Siberia, has a population of about 1.5 million.
If you cannot afford to purchase the Heart of Space, there will be many more affordable meteorites projected to sell for $500.00. The good news is that you can still own a piece of history without the hefty price tag.