The Insides of a Meteorite
On the outside meteorites look like volcanic rocks. But astronomy photographer Jeff Barton cracked them open to reveal the glittering geodes inside.To capture the stunning shots of meteorite guts, Barton cut the rocks open with a rock saw with a diamond-coated blade. He then grinded down a stamp-sized piece so thin light can pass through it, like sun through the windows of a cathedral. Photos are subsequently taken with polarizing filters and a DSLR attached to a petrographic microscope.