4.5 billion-year-old meteorite from beyond Mars makes its way to Australia
A meteorite from a galaxy far, far away touched down in Australia just in time for the New Year. Well, it’s likely to have come from the meteor belt between Mars and Jupiter, but that’s still a pretty healthy distance.
Phil Bland, a planetary geologist at Western Australia’s Curtin University, found the ancient meteorite on New Year’s Eve.
The 1.7 kilogram (3.7 pound) meteorite was retrieved thanks to a system of 32 remote cameras that are part of the Desert Fireball Network and stationed in the outback, Bland told Mashable Australia. “We’ve got all these cameras, automated observatories out in the bush,” he said. “They are built to see any fireballs coming through the atmosphere and then notify us.” Read more…
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