The blue planet is bombarded daily by cosmic bodies, but most of them burn up in the atmosphere. However, some still achieve their goal. Scientists conducted a study, according to the results of which they named the 5 oldest meteorites on Earth.
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The small octahedrite Muonionalust turned out to be the leader of the list. A fragment of a celestial body was discovered in 1906 near the village of Kitkiojärvi in Sweden. Scientists say it survived several ice ages. In 2017, a piece weighing more than 25 kilograms was sold at auction for 15 999 euros. The second in the ranking was a meteor that disintegrated into fragments over northern Mexico in 1969. The fragments were found near the village of Pueblito de Allende. Scientists have determined that the original object is about 4.56 billion years old. The data obtained helped to better understand some aspects of the formation of the solar system. Next comes Hypatia. This meteor has an interesting history. In 1996, a small stone was found in western Egypt. When studying it, it turned out that it consists of compounds that are not in the solar system. Scientists do not exclude that he roamed the vastness of the Universe even before the appearance of the Luminary.
The fourth was the Fukan meteorite, found in the Gobi Desert in 2000. This meteorite can be up to 4.5 billion years old. While sawing it, scientists discovered an unusual honeycomb mosaic inside, which consisted of olivine crystals. In scientific circles, it is believed that pieces of this mineral are relics of forming planets. Fukan weighs about 420 kilograms. Experts estimate it at 1.7 million euros. The green meteorite NWA 7325, discovered in Erfoud in 2012, closes the list. It contains a large amount of magnesium and a minimum of iron. Experts suggest that the meteor could have broken away from Mercury.