The cosmic bodies constantly fall on the Earth. Meteorites are discovered all over the world. They attract the attention of scientists, museums and laymen collectors or “meteorite hunters” who are trying to capitalize on the sale of extraterrestrial minerals. Most of the meteors get burn when entering the atmosphere. Those that fall on the Earth become the object of research.

Scientists have found new material in a meteorite that was found in 1951 in Central Victoria near Wedderburn, Australia. Scientists believe the material comes from the burning core of a distant planet that no longer exists and called it edscottit.

The Samples

The meteorite discovered initially weighed only 220 grams. In 2018, team of CalTech scientists in the US acquired a piece of sliced ​​meteorite to study the composition of the new mineral and discovered previously unknown material.

The samples looked like tiny white crystals under the microscope. They found that a mineral is a combination of carbon and iron atoms combined in a pattern unknown to mineralogists.

The Emergence

Meteorite contains a high amount of carbon. According to Dr. Stuart Mills, the chief curator in geosciences at the Victoria Museum, the mineral was probably created by passing through the atmosphere when carbon atoms merged with iron atoms.


Planetary scientist Geoffrey Bonning at Australian National University believes this meteorite has reached Earth after an explosion of a planet. The explosion was triggered by the extremely hot core of the planet. This had happened to many planets during the formation of the solar system.

Cosmic bodies, created by a planetary explosion, travel throughout the solar system. The edscottite-containing meteorite was part of the massive asteroid belt that lies between Jupiter and Mars for millions of years before reaching Earth.

According to Dr. Mills, only 6,000 minerals naturally occur of the 600,000 kinds of minerals discovered on the Earth.

Edscottit is now part of the Australian Museum of Victoria.

Source and credit: Muzeum of Victoria,