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Diogenites are a group of the HED meteorite clan, a type of achondrite, achondritic stony meteorites.


Origin and composition

Diogenites are currently believed to originate from deep within the crust of the asteroid 4 Vesta, and as such are part of the HED meteorite clan. There are about 40 distinct members known. Diogenites are composed of igneous rocks of plutonic origin, having solidified slowly enough deep within 4 Vesta, Vesta's crust to form crystals which are larger than in the eucrites. These crystals are primarily magnesium-rich orthopyroxene, with small amounts of plagioclase and olivine.


Name

Diogenites are named for Diogenes of Apollonia, an ancient Greek philosopher who was the first to suggest an outer space origin for meteorites.


See also

* Glossary of meteoritics * Vesta family


References


External links


Diogenite images
- Meteorites Australia {{Meteorites Planetary science Asteroidal achondrites 4 Vesta