Banten belongs to a group (carbonaceous chondrites) that may have taken shape relatively far from the Sun. This meteorite does not contain liquid water or solid ice today, but minerals in Banten have water molecules in their crystal structures. Water is a "volatile" compound that boils at relatively low temperatures and was typically not abundant in parent bodies that formed close to the Sun.
Fell May 24, 1933 Java, Indonesia
Keywords: Astrogeology, Astrophysics, Chondrites (Meteorites), Mineralogy, Solar system, Water