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Among the most emblematic pieces of the Museum it highlights a meteorite. This meteorite was officially named after València. It weighs 33.5 kg, it has a size of 37 x 24.5 x 19.5 cm and a formation age close to 4,600 million years.

Geochemically, València is classified as a H5 chondrite - rocky meteorite rich in silicate - and it forms part of the collection of rocks of the Geology Department of the Universitat de València. The Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society is the international organization in charge of recognizing and registering all known meteorites. In 1997, it accepted València as a meteorite.

Despite being one of the few meteorites authenticated in Spain in the last 100 years, the historical documents about the exact location and date of its fall were destroyed by a fire which devastated most part of the Universitat de València in 1932. As a result, its origin it’s unknown.

The study on chondrite meteorites provides key data to understand the origin and age of the Solar System, the synthesis of organic compounds, the origin of life and the presence of water on the planets of the Solar System. The international approval of the València meteorite has also promoted the interest for meteorite researching in Spain. This new and unique piece of scientific and geological heritage can be observed in a room specially destined to its preservation at the M(UV)HN.