Crystal, or at least what appears to be a crystal, still causing excitement incredibly rare meteorite found in Siberia.
Even with all the scientific knowledge that mankind has collected over the centuries and our ever-increasing understanding of the universe, scientists still find things once in a while, that come as a complete surprise.
A few years ago scientists discovered a small piece of a mineral that was created immediately after our solar system, some four and a half billion years.
Mineral was brought to Earth by Khatyrka meteorite, that landed in East Siberia.
The mineral, in itself, was less interesting for its sheer age rather than its structure.
Possess atomic structure that we should never before found in nature, although it was created in laboratory settings.
It was listed as a quasicrystal, because from the outside it looks like a crystal, but the interior is quite another thing.
What makes crystal, well, crystal, is the fact that its atoms are arranged in a very consistent and predictable structures such as lattices, and those structures just keep repeating themselves.
The quasicrystal, whatever, ordered lattices, but they aren’t consistent and identical.
Instead, they were arranged in different configurations, which should be impossible in a natural substance based on our understanding of science.
There are plenty of scientists who doubt these quasi-crystals can be found in nature, despite their having been successfully created in laboratories by early 1960, but Paul Steinhardt, a theoretical physicist at Princeton University, is one of them.
He and his team made a major study of mineral and tried to work out how such a thing could have formed on Earth, but were eventually forced to conclude that it had to be done from somewhere beyond the planet.