An inquiry into rarity Winckcombe meteoritethat fell in United kingdom In February this year, indicates that the space rock dates back to the beginning Solar System, 4.5 billion years ago and that it could contain secrets about the origins of the oceans and life on Earth.
The rock material fell to the ground in a ball of fire over the city Winchcombe and Cotswold, UK, and is now officially classified, thanks in part to studies funded by the Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC).
The Winchcombe meteorite is named after a city Gloucestershire where it fell.
according to BBCSince its fall, scientists have teamed up, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and led by London Museum of Natural HistoryThey quickly began their search for signs of water and organic matter at Winchcombe before any potential disturbances.
Winchcombe is the first meteorite to be recovered in the UK in 30 years and the first carbonaceous chondrite to be recovered in our country
British researcher Dr Ashley King said.
Researchers led by Dr London Museum of Natural History (NHM), says the meteorite, which consists of 548 g of small stones and dust, is a member of the CM2 carbonaceous chondrite.
Carbonaceous chondrites are probably the oldest and most primitive extraterrestrial materials we have for study.
Dr. Ashley King of NHM said.
They come from asteroids that formed at the beginning of our solar system. They are like time capsules. They tell us about the basic components of our solar system. Apparently 4.6 billion people weren’t there. Years ago, and these meteorites are a way that we can really see what kinds of material are out there and how that material started to come together to form planets.
The theory is that a bombing of an asteroid like Winchcombe could have resulted in a lot of H20 that we see now in our oceans.
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