Great excitement has been generated due to the findings of a recent study on the Murchison meteorite published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and with coverage in many newspapers and television programs around the world.
Dr Philipp Heck, Cosmochemist from Chicago Field Museum, is the lead author of a paper published on 14th January this year that reveals the age of stardust extracted from the Murchison meteorite is 7 billion years old. This pre-dates our solar system by many hundreds of millions of years. The meteorite consists of material that IS THE OLDEST-KNOWN SOLID OBJECT ON EARTH. Philipp describes Murchison meteorite as “a treasure trove for science” as it keeps revealing surprises that provide insight into how our galaxy developed over time.
Philipp also said it is the most exciting study he has worked on to date and he has been studying Murchison meteorite since 2002 when he obtained his PhD by writing a thesis on Murchison meteorite. The meteorite has proven to be a significant resource for science and when he was here last September as our Key Note Speaker during the 50th Anniversary celebrations, he commented more than once that the scientific world is very grateful that the residents of Murchison gave so many fragments to universities and museums around the world allowing studies to be conducted that have enriched scientific knowledge about our universe.
With the advancement of technology, Murchison meteorite has revealed more and more important details over the years and will continue to do so, according to Dr Heck.
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