Although NASA is sending spacecraft to Jupiter’s asteroids for an unprecedented mission to solve the mystery of the origin of the solar system, a physicist said that the meteorite that crashed into a Canadian home this month could provide similar results. Peter G. Brown, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Western Ontario, said that this small rock broke from orbit into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and entered the Earth, which may reveal the early formation of the solar system.
On October 4, the meteorite passed through the roof of a house in British Columbia and fell on a pillow near a sleeping woman. She was awakened by the sound of the crash and the feeling of debris on her face. She immediately called the emergency hotline 911. Officials later determined that the rock was a meteorite.
According to the Globe and Mail, Professor Brown said that the lady had lent the stone to the university, and scientists will study it for about a month to find the answer to “a small part of the bigger problem” . He said that this meteorite is 4.5 billion years old, which is older than anything on earth. However, he added that the rock was formed from minerals found here, such as iron and nickel. Their proportion is much larger than that of rocks found on earth, which makes the weight of the rocks unusual.
Professor Brown said his findings will try to link this rock to a specific asteroid that oscillates outside of Mars. He said he was also interested in photos of fireballs formed when meteorites entered the earth. These photos will help him calculate the orbit of the meteorite to find out its origin.
“We can sort out a lot of information hidden in the rock. In many ways, it is like a very, very dense messenger of early solar system information,” he said.
The rock will eventually be returned to the woman, her roof torn apart by it.
At the same time, NASA will launch its Lucy mission tonight to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroid. The spacecraft will go to places that the previous missions dared not reach.