Recently, inside of a meteorite, a discovery has been found; 7 billion-year-old stardust.
Imagine finding fragments of the mythical material while you’re analyzing a meteorite.
“This is one of the most exciting studies I’ve worked on” – Philipp Heck
Philipp is a curator at the Field Museum, where the stardust was discovered.
“They’re solid samples of stars, real stardust” – Heck
Seeing this raw formation of stardust really changed the world. The smell is that of rotten peanut butter.
Different from the meteorite, this substance had to be extracted by acid. They ground down fragments and then used the acidic solution until only the presolar grains remain.
“It’s like burning down the haystack to find the needle” – Philipp
From rotten peanut butter to stardust, the process fulfilled by the Field Museum has possed successful. The team was about to collect stardust. A material that landed here on either just a few years ago. Discovered and written by humans for what seems like the first time in history. Who knows if humans in the past have used this stuff, and what it could be used for.
As the years follow up, we will find out all the uses and properties of stardust. For now, it is cool to know that we can collect something that seems like a mythical substance.
Source: Field Museum.