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Iron crystals

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

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In the metal cores of partially molten asteroids, iron-nickel alloys crystallized in a distinctive pattern known as the Widmanstätten structure. This pattern is named after one of the first people to observe it some 200 years ago, Count Alois de Widmanstätten. The pattern forms only deep inside planetary bodies that take millions of years to cool. Iron never crystallizes this way on Earth's s