Although discovered in Australian passages in the 1950s and studied frequently since then, researchers have only recently discovered a surprising result buried in the Weatherburn meteorite – remains of an ancient planet and a new mineral not seen in nature.
The seven-ounce red and black meteorite was discovered in Victoria, Australia in 1951, but planet scientist Jeffrey Bonin tells the Australian newsletter The Age that it is in fact the melted core of the planet for millions of years.
"That broke down," Jeffrey Boning says in an interview.
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As a result of the explosion, the meteorite, which has an abundance of carbon inside, heats up. Carbon has merged with the iron inside and has formed a new mineral known as escotcite, named after Edward Scott, a pioneering cosmochemist at the University of Hawaii.
Escotcite has been seen before, but only inside smelters, as iron becomes steel. The fact that it was seen in nature allowed the researchers to give it their name.
NASA VIEWS A GIANT GOLDEN ASTEROID THAT MAY MAKE A BILLIONER EARTH it exploded, it may have been struck by some other celestial object, causing a mass collision that sent an asteroid flying through the solar system.
From there, it enters the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and is eventually wound on Earth.
The study was published in the scientific journal American Mineralogist 03] Click here to get the application of FOX NEWS