Researchers have reportedly found ice fossils from an ancient asteroid that crashed into our planet about 30 years ago, and this could have massive implications regarding what the early Solar System was like.
The space rock, is known as Acfer 094, and it’s 4.6-billion-years-old. Fox News notes that this is almost as old as the Solar System itself, which is pretty amazing.
This discovery of the ice fossils revealed something that researchers believe are remnants of “fluffy icy dust,” along with sulfides and other elements that “resulted in the formation of large planets.”
“I’ve been looking at the matrix of primitive meteorites, the material that holds the structure together,” Epifanio Vaccaro stated. He discovered the fossilized ice in the space rock.
The meteorite dates back 4.6 billion years ago
He continued and explained that “The meteorite in question dates to roughly 4.6 billion years ago when the Sun was born, and our Solar System formed. The matrix of these meteorites is therefore thought to be the starting material from which all the planets formed.”
Here are also a few details that experts wrote in the abstract of the study, as reported by Fox News:
“The ice-bearing [ultraporous lithology] (which consist of sulfides and other organics) formed through sintering of fluffy icy dust aggregates around the H2O snow line in the solar nebula and were incorporated into the Acfer 094 parent body, providing new insight into asteroid formation by dust agglomeration.”
The universe itself is believed to be about 13.8 billion years old.
The original article also notes that the study was published in the scientific journal, Science Advances.
We recommend that you head over to the article in order to learn more details, or better yet, you should definitely check out the study itself.
Experts believe that material in some meteorites could help us understand what the dust was like as the solar system was forming.