Scientists have discovered for the first time in the history of a meteorite from Mercury




Scientists have discovered for the first time in the history of a meteorite from Mercury


Last year, in Morocco they found remains of 35 meteorites. One of them, known as NWA 7325 , was green. The studies and analyzes have shown that the color is not the only unusual feature of this stone – scientists believe that the meteorite came to us with Mercury and its age is about 4.65 billion years old.

Anthony Irving of the University of Washington, was researching the NWA 7325, discovered some very strange features which later led him to the idea that this could be a meteorite from Mercury. First, the magnetic field of the stone was very low, which in itself could help to find out what is in front of him. The level of the magnetic field breed can say to the world what it formerly belonged. This conjecture confirmed orbiting satellite NASA «messenger”, which is currently around Mercury. The data received from the satellite have shown that the very low magnetic field of Mercury is nearly identical in terms of a meteorite discovered on Earth.

Based on data from other researchers geological and chemical composition of Mercury , who agree that the planet is very poor in iron, a scientist in the results showed that the obtained sample has in the structure is also very small amount of iron stores.

The chemical composition of NWA 7325 does not indicate that it could be, for example, Mars . Irving said that the stone was “thrown” from the planet or body in which at some point in history flowing magma. And the received data can to a certain extent reflect the fact that the stone is itself part of solidified magma.

But the most important thing in all of this research is that we face may be the first ever found a meteorite from Mercury.

Despite the fact that the main mission of the satellite “Messenger” is coming to an end, Irving and his team filed a request to extend the study of Mercury for two more years. Scientists believe that the findings only confirm the hypothesis of Irving that the meteorite did with Mercury, and not with any other planet or other celestial body.
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