On January 8, 2014 a asteroid a meter in diameter entered the Earth’s atmosphere where it burned up in the air above Papua New Guinea. The special thing is that this celestial body came from outside ours Solar system.
This is according to a study published on Astrophysical Journal and led by Amir Siraj and Abraham Loeb, of Harvard University, who suggest looking for it fragments which may have survived the explosion in the seabed. It is not the first celestial body outside the solar system. It was discovered in 2017 Oumuamuathe first interstellar asteroid to pass close to the Sun.
By the characteristics and trajectory of the asteroid that fell on our planet in 2014, called CNEOS 2014-01-08, American researchers are sure that that celestial body also came from a very distant region outside the solar system. So it would be one of many interstellar visitors which we were able to identify for a short time.
Researchers believe that some fragments of the asteroid could have survived destruction in the atmosphere during the explosion and had been found at sea. If so, analyzes can offer a solution precious information to understand details about the formation of solar systems other than our own. In addition, the researchers themselves consider it important to have a global network of observers can also analyze chemical composition of asteroids reaching our planet.
Source: Lega Nerd
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