An old meteorite found in Britain has been claimed that its age is more than the Earth. Scientists believe that through this the origin of life on Earth can be revealed. This stone, which came from space, is also being told as the oldest meteorite on the earth. Scientists from the East Anglian Astrophysical Research Organization (EAARO) have claimed that this meteorite is older than our planet.
This stone is 4.6 billion years old
EAARO issued a statement saying that the meteorite was discovered in March on a driveway near the village of Woodmancott in Gloucestershire, England. Its weight is around 300 grams. The age of this stone fragment is 4.6 billion years, while the age of the Earth is believed to be about 4.54 billion years. In such a situation, there is a lot of enthusiasm among scientists about this meteorite.
The answer to the beginning of life on earth can be found
Scientists at Loughborough University report that this unique piece of space debris may answer the question of how life on Earth began. Sean Fowler of the Loughborough Materials Characterization Center said the bulk of the meteorite is composed of minerals such as olivine and phyllosilicates. The structure of this stone is different from anything found on earth. In this we have also got information about some unknown chemical or physical structure.
How Much Damage to Earth by Asteroids?
As soon as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, celestial rocks or asteroids break up and burn up and are sometimes visible from Earth in the form of meteorites. If they are too large, they can damage the earth, but small pieces do not pose much danger. At the same time, they usually fall in the oceans because water is present on most of the earth.
NASA eyeing asteroids up to 100 years
If a high-speed space object is likely to come closer than 46.5 million miles from Earth, then space organizations consider it dangerous. NASA’s Sentry system already monitors such threats. In this, for the coming 100 years, there are currently 22 such asteroids which have the slightest chance of hitting the Earth.