Oldest solid material on Earth discovered inside meteorite in Australia

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News: Scientists have discovered the oldest solid material on Earth

Facts:

  • The oldest solid material is a presolar silicon carbide (SiC). It dates back to 7 billion year
  • It has been found in stardust trapped inside Murchison meteorite that struck Australia in 1969.

Additional information:

  • Materials older than the solar system are called presolar materials.
  • The sun formed about 4.6 billion years ago, and Earth formed about 4.54 billion years ago.
  • Stardust: It refers to refractory dust grains that condensed from cooling ejected gases from individual presolar stars. It then incorporated into the cloud from which the Solar System condensed.