MAR 21, 2015 5:00 AM PDT

Space Crystal Survives Inside an Ancient Meteorite

A bizarre crystal-like mineral recently found in a meteorite that crashed to Earth perhaps 15,000 years ago adds more support for the idea that the fragile structure can survive in nature. But how it formed at the beginnings of the solar system is still a mystery.
X Ray tomography of the crystal found inside a 15,000 year old meteorite
The newfound mineral is called a "quasicrystal" because it resembles a crystal, but the atoms are not arranged as regularly as they are in real crystals. The quasicrystal hitched a ride to Earth on a meteorite that zipped from space through Earth's atmosphere and crashed to the ground. That process is generally a violent one that heats up the insides of rocks, making the delicate quasicrystal's survival a surprise.

(Source: Space.com)
About the Author
English
I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUL 30, 2022
Space & Astronomy
A New Method to Detect Exoplanets
JUL 30, 2022
A New Method to Detect Exoplanets
There have been thousands of exoplanets found orbiting around single – or ‘normal’ – stars, but ...
AUG 20, 2022
Chemistry & Physics
Biggest Black Hole Jet from A Nearby Galaxy
AUG 20, 2022
Biggest Black Hole Jet from A Nearby Galaxy
There is an extremely active black hole at the very center of galaxy NGC 2663 that is releasing an enormous amount of en ...
AUG 24, 2022
Space & Astronomy
A Reflection on ALMA's Ground-Breaking Images of HL Tau
AUG 24, 2022
A Reflection on ALMA's Ground-Breaking Images of HL Tau
In 2014, astronomers began testing the new high-resolution capabilities of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Ar ...
OCT 25, 2022
Space & Astronomy
Detection of the Brightest Gamma-Ray Burst Ever
OCT 25, 2022
Detection of the Brightest Gamma-Ray Burst Ever
On October 9, 2022, telescopes detected one of the brightest gamma-ray bursts ever! A gamma-ray burst (GRB) is an extrem ...
NOV 02, 2022
Space & Astronomy
ESA's Solar Orbiter Captures Extraordinary Views of the Quiet Corona
NOV 02, 2022
ESA's Solar Orbiter Captures Extraordinary Views of the Quiet Corona
On October 12, 2022, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Orbiter mission had its second close encounter with t ...
NOV 06, 2022
Space & Astronomy
New Evidence Suggests Ancient Northern Ocean on Red Planet
NOV 06, 2022
New Evidence Suggests Ancient Northern Ocean on Red Planet
In a recent study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, a pair of researchers examined topographic ...
Loading Comments...