Researchers at the Southwestern Research Institute in Texas, USA, say they have succeeded in unraveling the mystery behind a 2008 diamond-coated meteorite that exploded in Sudan. According to the researchers, this meteorite rock is part of a very small planet. The planet Patek is the same as Ceres.
The meteorite was first discovered by NASA, and according to NASA, the celestial body is 13 feet in diameter. It weighs 8,200 kilograms. A team of researchers then analyzed 50 grams of meteorite under an infrared light microscope and found that meteorite had a unique mineral makeup. The study showed that meteorites have “ammonia” and require long-term contact with water for development.
“Some of these meteorites prove that water is based on minerals and is exposed to water at low temperatures and pressures,” said Vicky Hamilton, co-author of Planetary Geology at the Southwestern Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in a statement. “Other meteorites show warming in the absence of water.”
The researchers said that the meteorite that exploded in Sudan was 4.6% of the total number of celestial bodies found and studied on Earth. These black rocks are made up of carbon monoxide. Space also contains organic compounds, minerals, and water.
The scientists also hoped to discover new samples from samples collected from Japan’s Hayabusa2 and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, Ryugu and Bennu.
“If the composition of the Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx samples is not the same as in our meteorological collection, it means that their physical properties cannot be avoided by at least the release, passage, and entry through the Earth’s atmosphere. In their original geological background, ”said Hamilton, who works on the OSIRIS-REx science team. “However, we think there are more carbon dioxide materials in the solar system than our meteorite collection.”