The origin of the object that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs after colliding with Earth 66 million years ago is still under investigation by scientists and A new theory developed by experts at Harvard University sheds light on this.
Specifically, these researchers point to Comet is the reason for the disappearance of 75% of the planet’s species And the formation of the Chicxulub crater located in the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) which is more than 180 km in diameter and approximately 20 in depth. This new theory was arrived at by Harvard scientists afterwards Perform statistical analysis and gravity simulation.
The work of experts Avi Loeb and Amir Serraj showed that A. A large portion of a comet-type originates in the Oort Cloud (a ball of spatial debris located on the margins of the Solar System), which has deviated from its orbital path due to Jupiter’s gravitational field. That force moved the comet towards the sun, which in turn divided it into more parts. As detailed by the EFE Agency.
It is located at approx A phenomenon that increases the number of objects that, like Chicxulub, can enter Earth’s orbit and fall to Earth once between 250 and 750 million yearsRoughly as the researchers explained in their study published in the scientific journal ‘Temperate nature’.
“Jupiter basically works like a pinball machine. Jupiter pushes these incoming comets (called the long period) into orbits that bring them very close to the sun,” Amir Siraj said in a statement. Progress A “satisfactory explanation” about the origin of what might happen 66 million years ago.
“ What we reveal is that if I break something when it is near the sun, it could lead to a series of appropriate events and also the kind of impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.One of the study officers, Avi Loeb, explains.