Unique and unusual: Micrometeorite made of “material with impossible symmetry” discovered in Italy

This tiny Martian is made up of never-before-seen tiny mosaic-shaped crystals.

Asteroid, Earth, NASA. Photo: X

Scientists in Italy discovered A micrometeorite formed of “impossible symmetrical material”.. The Italian Space Agency (ASI) revealed that these “quasicrystals” make it “The rarest thing” found on earth.

This tiny extraterrestrial rock, 100 micrometerscontains a An “extremely rare” alloy of aluminum and copper. It is the third “rarest” meteorite found on the planet with this type of alloy.

This “extraordinary” micrometeorite of “quasicrystals”. Found on Mount GarikleonIn the Italian region of Calabria, by a collector who was searching the countryside for objects.

They discovered a never-before-seen micro-meteorite in Italy.  Photo: EFEThey discovered a never-before-seen micro-meteorite in Italy. Photo: EFE

Unusual elements of Mars surprise researchers. A similar specimen containing 'quasicrystals' of natural origin was recovered in 2011 at Kadyrka in the Russian Far East.

Illuminated at night in Bariloche.

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A “strange glowing rock”

The researcher who discovered the unusual micro-meteorite said he saw it in the middle of Mount Garicleon A “strange and unusual metallic luminescenceAnd after realizing he had it on his hands, he sent the rock to experts at Barry University.

The surprising Martian material is made up of tiny atoms called 'quasicrystals'. Mosaic pattern in regular patterns, but not repetitive And according to Giuseppe Mastronuzzi, director of the Department of Geosciences at the University of Bari They may arise “spontaneously in nature”.

They discovered a never-before-seen micrometeorite in Italy.  Photo: EFEThey discovered a never-before-seen micrometeorite in Italy. Photo: EFE

This incredible discovery shows just that There is an unknown universe of mineralogical phases The scientific community is gradually entering.

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