(ORDO NEWS) — Experts from the United States managed to establish exactly where the asteroid came from, which caused the death of dinosaurs on our planet. Scientists published the result of the study in the scientific journal Icarus.
It is reported by Live Science.
66 million years ago, an asteroid called Chikshulub crashed into the Earth, the diameter of which reached almost 9.6 kilometers.
This was the reason that catastrophic events occurred on our planet, provoking the death of most of the dinosaurs. Information about this asteroid was collected by specialists for a long time in the Chicxulub crater, which is located in Mexico on the small Yucatan Peninsula.
With the help of geochemical analysis, it was possible to establish that this space object belonged to the number of carbonaceous chondrites. There is a lot of carbon in such asteroids and they were formed even when the solar system was just beginning to form.
Scientists have been trying for a long time to establish the origin of the space object, but none of the theories in the final result have been confirmed. The latest study showed that the disaster was caused by the impact of a dark asteroid that came from the far reaches of the main asteroid belt.
This belt is located between Jupiter and Mars and contains a huge number of dark space objects. They got this name due to their chemical composition, which paints the stones in a fairly dark color.
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