Scientists Found a Chunk of a Comet Inside a Meteorite

In a rare find, scientists found what they think are fragments of a comet sealed away deep inside of a meteorite that struck Antarctica.

Space Turducken

Scientists just found a chunk of comet hiding inside of a rocky meteorite that fell to Earth.

Normally, comets burn up as they enter Earth’s atmosphere. In other words, according to Gizmodo, this cosmic calzone provided a protective shield around the comet fragments, giving scientists an valuable opportunity to study the origins of the solar system.

Small Samples

The meteorite in question is called LaPaz Icefield 02342, which was found in Antarctica in 2002. This new probe into the meteorite’s composition, published Monday in the journal ­Nature Astronomy, describes 100 micron-thick — the size of a thick human hair — carbon-rich segments Lees verder

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