Scientists Find "Ice Fossils" in Ancient Meteorite

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Scientists Find "Ice Fossils" in Ancient Meteorite

Researchers found another approach to examine the most punctual days of our nearby planetary group covered inside an old shooting star that collided with the Sahara Desert decades prior.

According to Vaccarro, studying primitive meteorites like Acfer 094 provides a unique opportunity to identify the type of materials that existed during the early stages of the Solar System.

A team of researchers has discovered a large number of ancient ice fossils that could offer valuable information but the early days of the solar system.

Using some of the new data, the team created an advanced simulation, which shows how Acfer 094 evolved and how the fluffy ice dust contributed to the process. The sun was formed from a cloud of dust and gas, and the leftover materials not used by the sun became the ingredients of the other planets and asteroids. "The matrix of these meteorites is therefore thought to be the starting material from which all the planets formed".

Since rocks like Acfer 094 would have dense and changed as they bunched together to frame planets and other enormous structures, examining the more unblemished shooting star could give a more clear look back in time. The gas and elements then formed into a flat planetary disk around the sun, and it included hydrogen, ice, iron, and silicates. This means that rocks found on Earth are quite different than the material found in asteroids.

"This is starting material from which all the planets, including Earth, came from", said Epifanio Vaccaro, study author and Curator of Petrology at London's Natural History Museum.

But the matrix itself made the meteorite hard to study because they didn't have the technology to peer through the fine grains until now. Epifanio said that based on the microscopic findings, a new model was formed to demonstrate the formation of our solar system, concluded Epifanio.

The research report published in the journal Science Advances suggests that this meteorite preserved tiny pockets that once contained ice before it melted. Due to the age and origin of the primitive meteorite, the scientists believe the ice fossils contain elements that can be considered as the building blocks of planets and other large cosmic objects.

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