Oldest Material Discovered on Earth
|Source: NASA Meteorite|
Stardust Material That's Older than the Sun
This is an extraordinary scientific discovery just announced by a team of astronomers led by University of Chicago Professor Dr. Philipp Heck. In a meteorite that fell from space in Australia 50 years ago, there is awesome stardust dating back 5 to 7 billion years. This stardust predates the Sun. Heck and his team analyzed the contents of the meteorite. They found it to be the oldest, solid material ever found on Earth. Their work has just been published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
What This Discovery Opens Innovative Views On
The scientists say this stardust will tell us how parent stars were formed in our galaxy. It will tell us about the origins of the oxygen that we breathe and provide the opportunity to trace materials back before the creation of the Sun. The stardust is the oldest material discovered to reach the Earth. The material is older than our solar system. The Earth is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old. The Sun is 4.6 billion years old. The newly found and analyzed stardust is 5 to 7 billion years old. This discovery does give a whole new perspective on our brilliant and beautiful universe!