After studying one of the fragments of an asteroid that exploded on the head of Sudan, a group of scientists came to a strange conclusion.
Researchers have suggested that at least one giant space object, even the size of a dwarf planet, orbited the sun in the early days of our solar system.
The fact is that by studying the debris of a small asteroid, scientists have discovered a strange crystal structure that could not have formed on a typical asteroid. The study was published in the journal Nature Astronomy.
Rare hydrated crystals, called amphiboles, are formed after an extremely long exposure to heat and pressure – this is impossible on a typical meteorite.
According to research, an asteroid must be detached from a celestial object such as the dwarf planet Ceres.
“Some of these meteorites are dominated by minerals, which provides evidence of the effects of low temperatures and pressurized water,” said lead researcher Vicki Hamilton. “This surprising result from the study suggests that the asteroid once lost the body of a large, water-rich ‘parent,'” he added.
An international team of scientists believes that the giant object that formed such crystals has long since ceased to exist. This explains why its fragments have now fallen to earth.
We will probably never know exactly what a celestial body was like where similar crystals were “produced”. However, the very fact that it indicates the existence of a similar object suggests that our solar system was once much more diverse than it is now imagined.
Overall, this is evidence that the structure of the solar system has changed significantly and may change in the future.