The material of a Tutankhamun object comes from a comet

The material of a Tutankhamun object comes from a comet


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Scientists have discovered the first proof that a comet entered Earth's atmosphere and the explosion it carried, which produced a shower of a fiery shock wave that swept away all life in its path.

The discovery has not only provided the first definitive proof of a surprising comet entering Earth millions of years ago, it may also help us open in the future the secrets of the formation of our solar system.

The comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Egypt about 28 million years ago. Upon entering the atmosphere, the sand below it heated up to a temperature of around 2,000 degrees Celsius, resulting in the formation of a huge amount of yellow silica glass that is scattered over an area of 6,000 square kilometers in the Sahara desert.

In 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered the tomb of the famous pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. Among the many objects and treasures found in the tomb, they discovered a piece belonging to a comet, which was on a scarab clasp with a polished silica center stone from the comet that fell 28 million years ago.

The focus of this team's research was a mysterious black pebble found years earlier by an Egyptian geologist in the silicon crystal area. After performing chemical analysis on this stone, the authors concluded that it represented the first known specimen of a comet nucleus, and not simply an unusual type of meteorite.

Comet research will be published in the prestigious Earth and Planetary Science Letters, and was carried out thanks to the collaboration of geoscientists, physicists and astronomers such as Professor Jan Kramer of the University of Johannesburg, Dr. Marco Andreoli of the South African Committee of Nuclear Energy and Chris Harris from the University of Cape Town.

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