15 Aug '16, 4pm

Scientists identify first ever meteorite to drop from the outer solar system

Scientists identify first ever meteorite to drop from the outer solar system

known to man originated from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, which are close neighbors in the celestial sense. The Tagish Lake meteorite, though, is suspected to have traveled from the Kuiper Belt, the ring of rocks residing past the orbit of Neptune in the outer solar system. The belt is 30 to 50 times Earth’s distance from the sun, or 2.5 to 4.5 billion miles (4.5 to 7.4 billion kilometers). If the theory is correct, this marks the first time in scientific history that a meteorite from the outer solar system has been identified.

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