A meteorite on its way down to the atmosphere

A meteorite recovered in January 2018 was in such good condition that scientists believe it might contain “organic compounds” that had contributed to “the ingredients of life.”

On the Night of January 16, 2018

Two years ago, hundreds of witnesses from different US states reported they saw a fireball blaze through the night sky. 

In fact, various video footages of the event were taken by cameras during that night.

Later on, researchers found out through “weather radar data that fragments of the meteor fell onto “frozen surfaces of lakes.” 

Scientists recovered the fragments from the lake of Hamburg, Michigan.

Also, much to their surprise, the meteor fragments show almost no signs of “terrestrial weathering.”

According to Jeroen Ritsema, a U-M seismologist, the event was in some way “unremarkable.”

Ritsema explained that those kinds of fragments visit our atmosphere almost “every day.” 

However, the January 18 event was also “unusual and fortuitous” in that the fireball “burst close” to “seismic stations and infrasound microphones.”

In fact, seven seismic stations from three states, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario, detected the burst, the University of Michigan’s Michigan News reported in 2018.

Moreover, the event was also scientifically interesting, Ritsema said.

A hand holding up a meteorite fragment

Start of Life on Earth

Philipp Heck, from the Field Museum said the meteorite is “special.”

https://sandiego-tijuana.com/?s=meteorHeck is also an associate professor at the University of Chicago and the lead author of the study on the Hamburg meteor, published in the Meteoritics and Planetary Science journal. 

The meteorite’s minerals did not change a lot. 

Also, the meteorite has “a rich inventory of extraterrestrial organic compounds, Heck said, per Astrobiology Web.

According to Heck, meteorites likely delivered those “kinds of organic compounds” and “contributed to the ingredients of life.” 

Scientists are not sure how the organic compound responsible for starting life on earth got here.

However, one scientific theory says that meteorites brought the chemicals from space needed to catalyze life on earth.

Moreover, Dr. Ashley King, a planetary scientist, believes elements that form the human body “may have come through several supernovas.” 

It seems like when Joni Mitchell sang “We Are Stardust” in Woodstock, she’s not singing far from the truth. 


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