On April 23rd, a meteorite the size of a washing machine tore apart in our atmosphere and landed in a small town from Costa Rica. Scientists state that examinations and research conducted in this regard might lead to the discovery of new pieces of information that might bring us closers to finding out the origin of the solar system.
The “extraterrestrial mud ball” entered our atmosphere and broke down in hundreds of pieces that landed all across the town and nearby, even breaking some roofs or falling in some backyards.
This meteorite is unique, as scientists claim, as it consists of wet clay rather than being dry, as common meteoroids are. Scientists claim that “carbonaceous chondrites” are quite rare as they abound in water and organic compounds. More specifically, they are globes of sludge consisting of 80-95% clay that might help specialists figure out a process to extract water from meteoroid while in space.
After the impact, scientists rushed to collect the pieces of the extraterrestrial object before they could be washed away by the rain, and thus they managed to collect roughly 55 pounds up to this point. Specialists claim that these findings will be examined and research for years from now on, and that nature gave us a genuinely precious hint that can point to how our solar system evolved.
Furthermore, we already know where it came from. It has been determined that it was formed in surroundings with no life, and it has been moving through the conserving cold space for 4.56 billion years until it hit the small town.
This is a very rare and valuable event
This is a rare phenomenon since the last similar landing of such carbonaceous chondrites happened 50 years ago, and it ended up being the most examined meteorite of the world.
Center Director Meenakshi Wadhwa also states that these carbonaceous chondrites are so valuable firstly because they are rare, and second of all because incredibly well-preserved clues to the beginnings of our solar system might be found inside them.
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