Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 8222, Rabt Sbayta 002, unnamed 106, & unnamed 115
(presumed pairs)

northwestern Africa



Northwest Africa 8222
(photo credit: Adam Aaronson)



Sawn face of NWA 8222
(photo credit: Adam Aaronson)



Ahmad Ourbaa with 6.4 kg Rabt Sbayta 002
(photo credit: ?)




Two sides of unnamed 106
photo credit: ?)




Lab samples of NWA 8222.
(photo credit: Randy Korotev)




Lab samples of Rabt Sbayta 002
photo credit: Randy Korotev)




Lab samples of unnamed 106
photo credit: Randy Korotev)




Lab samples of unnamed 115
photo credit: Randy Korotev)



from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 103

Northwest Africa 8222

(Northwest Africa)
Purchased: 2013 Dec
Mass: 208.6 g

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: The stone was purportedly found near Bir Anzarane, and was purchased in Temara, Morocco, by Adam Aaronson in December 2013.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Breccia consisting of separated, angular mineral clasts in a finer-grained, vesicular matrix. Minerals are olivine, anorthite, exsolved pigeonite, augite, chromite, ilmenite, troilite and minor pentlandite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa42.5; Fa80.6; FeO/MnO = 106-134), augite (Fs18.4Wo40.6; FeO/MnO = 54), pigeonite consists of host orthopyroxene (Fs50.1-50.9Wo2.5-5.1; FeO/MnO = 58-64) with exsolution lamellae of augite (Fs38.6Wo41.2; FeO/MnO = 67). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL) INAA of subsamples gave the following mean abundances (in wt.%) FeO 3.7, Na2O 0.37; (in ppm) Sc 7.0, Ni 90, La 1.4, Sm 0.62, Eu 0.82, Yb 0.54, Lu 0.076, Hf 0.43, Th 0.20.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic fragmental breccia).

Specimens: A 20.1 g specimen with one polished surface is at UWB. The main mass is held by Aaronson.


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 106

Rabt Sbayta 002

Rio de Oro, Western Sahara
Find: 2016 August
Mass: 6371.9 g

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Found by Mbarek Laghfiri and Mohamed Chikh Boy near Gataa Sfar in August 2016 and shortly thereafter. Purchased by Darryl Pitt from a Morrocan dealer in Agadir.

Physical characteristics: A single large stone (6371.9 g) lacking fusion crust but with a thin desert patina on exterior surfaces. The fresh interior exhibits pale gray to whitish clasts set in a dark gray, fine grained matrix.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Breccia composed of angular minerals clasts of anorthite, orthopyroxene, olivine, pigeonite, exsolved pigeonite, ilmenite, chromite, fayalite and Ti-chromite in a fine grained, partly vesicular matrix of the same minerals plus troilite and minor barite. Rare quench-textured lithic clasts are present.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa23.4, FeO/MnO = 64; Fa43.9, FeO/MnO = 100), orthopyroxene (Fs58.6-60.4Wo2.4-1.9, FeO/MnO = 57-72, N = 2), pigeonite (Fs44.6Wo7.9, FeO/MnO = 54; Fs27.8Wo21.3, FeO/MnO = 47), augite host in exsolved pigeonite (Fs20.9Wo38.4, FeO/MnO = 54), fayalite (Fa78.1, FeO/MnO = 81), plagioclase (An96.5-97.2Or0.2, N = 2). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL) INAA of subsamples gave the following mean abundances (in wt.%) FeO 3.5, Na2O 0.37; (in ppm) Sc 7.2, Ni 90, La 1.1, Sm 0.57, Eu 0.82, Yb 0.50, Lu 0.07, Hf 0.35, Th 0.14. Magnetic susceptibility log χ (× 10-9 m3/kg) = 2.49.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia).

Specimens: 22.9 g in the form of a single polished slice at UWB; remainder with DPitt.


Randy Says…

Compositionally, Northwest Africa 8222 and pairs are typical feldspathic lunar meteorite.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 8222 | Rabt Sbayta 002



Korotev R. L. and Irving A. J. (2015) Keeping up with the lunar meteorites 2015. 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1942.



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: Randy L. Korotev
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

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Last revised: 17-Febuary-2017