What is an Aubrite Meteorite?

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A recent analysis by a group of scientists at the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, has revealed that two villages in Banaskantha, Gujarat hit by Aubrite meteorites.

Why in news?

  • The pieces that fell in the two villages have been named the Diyodar meteorite, after the taluka in which the villages are located.
  • This is only the second recorded crash of an aubrite in India. The last was on December 2, 1852, in Basti, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Key facts about Aubrite meteorites
  • Aubrite meteorites are coarse-grained igneous rocks that are formed in oxygen-poor conditions.
  • They contain a variety of exotic minerals that are not found on Earth.
  • The recently found aubrite meteorite in Gujarat is composed of orthopyroxene.

What are Pyroxenes?

  • Pyroxenes are silicates consisting of single chains of silica tetrahedra (SiO 4)
  • Pyroxenes such as diopside and jadeite have been used as gems.
  • Spodumene was historically used as lithium ore and rocks with pyroxene have also been used to make a crushed stone that is used in construction.


Q1) What is a meteorite?

A meteorite is a fragment of spatial matter that falls to the surface of a planet. Most meteorites that fall to Earth come from the Asteroid Belt. 

Source: Rare, unique: Diyodar meteorite in 2022 was India’s first aubrite in 170 years