When a 13-foot asteroid exploded above the Nubian Desert about a decade ago, it thankfully didn’t cause any damage. However, scientists decided to volunteer and search for fragments that came from the asteroid, and they were able to collect more than 600 pieces of the meteorite. The meteorite is called Almahata Sitta. The original asteroid is known as 2008 TC3 and scientists believe that meteorite diamonds that fell in the desert from the explosion could hold information about a long-lost stellar neighbor that was destroyed when the solar system was starting to form.
While there are eight main planets orbiting the solar system, an international team of scientists believes that perhaps there could have been another planet that could have ceased to exist at the time when the planets and the solar system itself were chaotically forming. According to the team, the small fragments of the meteorite diamonds could be connected to a long-lost planet that once existed in our solar system.
The researchers tested and analyzed the asteroid findings using the technique of transmission electron microscopy, in order to come up with this theory. The tiny fragments of the asteroid were cataloged into a collection named Almahata Sitta. Many of the rare meteorites contained nano-sized diamonds.
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According to the team, the materials could have been formed at pressures of roughly 200,000 bar, which is believed to be the pressure found at the very core of the planet. The team’s theory suggests that the planet from which these meteorite diamonds came from could have been as large as Mercury or Mars.
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