Apr 1, 2021

Particles of a Meteor Explosion From 430,000 Years Ago Found Hidden in Antarctic Ice

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks, particle physics

Approximately 430000 years ago, a meteorite exploded over Antarctica.

The only reason we know about it now is because scientists have just found tiny, once-molten particles of space rock that have been hidden away in the ice ever since.

Based on an analysis of those particles, the event was an unusual one — not quite powerful enough to produce an impact crater, but nor was it a lightweight. The jet of melted and vaporized material that blasted from the mid-air explosion would have been more hazardous than the Tunguska event that flattened a Siberian forest in 1908.

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