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Grab your phasers, put on your space helmets, and crank up your creepy theremin music, today's blog is on Tektites.
But in a nutshell, Tektites are rocks (not all gem quality, of course) formed when space rocks hit the Earth. These impacts tend to be fairly energetic events (just ask the Dinosaurs), so even though Tektites are formed from ordinary Earth rocks and such, the materials in those rocks are transformed, both from the impact itself, and they are often shaped as they zip though the air and cool down.
For example, here's an Australite, which acquired its aerodynamic shape after it was ejected from a newly formed impact crater, and sailed through the air as a blob of molten glass. It may not be particularly shiny, but you might be interested to know that Australites helped to inspire the shape of the Apollo Space Capsules. In other words....
There is only one explanation!
Chris the Intern