A viceroy butterfly rests on grass with water in the background.
A viceroy butterfly rests on grass with water in the background.
A viceroy in the sun.

With the coming of spring, color bursts forth as the greyscale of winter subsides. Soon, the butterflies, the most beautiful of all insects, will return to brighten our world. They do not bite, but rather fly around and alight, seemingly to delight us. Of course, their more important purpose is to act as pollinators. But that does not mean we should not enjoy and photograph them.


his is a macro photograph of the Muonionalusta meteorite in the ground and etched condition showing the Wedmanstatten structure. The diagonal line in the lower right hand zone of the specimen is a prior-Taenite grain boundary.
his is a macro photograph of the Muonionalusta meteorite in the ground and etched condition showing the Wedmanstatten structure. The diagonal line in the lower right hand zone of the specimen is a prior-Taenite grain boundary.
Figure 1: This is a macro photograph of the Muonionalusta meteorite in the ground and etched condition showing the Wedmanstatten structure. The diagonal line in the lower right hand zone of the specimen is a prior-Taenite grain boundary.

An earlier version of this article appeard on rexp2research.com.

It is illegal in the United States to own a moon rock. However, this does not prevent one from possessing other interstellar material. Meteorites are a great example of material not from the earth. They have fascinated people for centuries and were once an important source of metal before smelting was available.

The Muonionalusta meteorite is estimated to have impacted the earth over one million years ago.[1] It was discovered in northern Sweden in 1906. The specimen shown in Figure 1 was obtained from the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan…

Richard Rateick, Jr.

Richard Rateick, Jr., is a Materials Scientist, Mechanical Engineer and Chemist who is also a consulting business owner: rexp2research.com.

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