If you are still trying to make up for a cockroach after a significant second last Valentine's Day, you can literally pay off your pardon by competing on a more romantic gift.
On an online auction ending February 14, Christie offers non-traditional donors to "Heart of Space," or as told by LiveScience, a heart-shaped meteorite that "nearly ravaged Sibir" in 1947.
"Rich caramel patina further underscores this brilliant meteorite," writes Christie in her romantic description of iron mass, which is expected to sell between $ 300,000 and $ 500,000.
Something less romantic is what came before the space rock became part of Christie's collection. Namely, when it separated from the larger mass, it fell into the atmosphere as "a flaming glow brighter than the sun" as part of the mass that "crushed chimneys, broken windows and eroded trees." The unfortunate event later marked the Soviet Union in the postal service, illustrating what some considered the "seemingly end of the world".
Peter Brown, director of the Center for Planetary Science and Research at Western Ontario University, Canada, told Space.com that the effect is equivalent to "10 kt TNTs."
If it does not give you heat and beauty, who knows what to do?
According to Christie, this specific rock is one of the "more sought-after smooth, gently rounded specimens" releasing a 320-year-old meteorite, originally part of the iron mass of an old 4.5 billion years.
The auction was supposed to end on February 12, the anniversary of the meteorite originally hit the ground. But, according to Christie's Science and Natural History expert James Hyslop, "How is this coming of a heart attack, which is undoubtedly one of the best aesthetic iron meteorites, how can we not return it to Valentine's Day?"
Or, you know, you could just go with the flowers and the crisp heart-shaped cream.