Back in 2020, a meteorite had landed in the Sahara Desert in Africa. Now, it has been ascertained that it ages around 4.6 billion years and it predates back to the time before the solar system ever existed.
It is called ‘Erg Chech 002’, named after the site that is located in Algeria. It was discovered in May 2020 near Bir Ben Takoul in Southern Algeria that is within the Erg Chech sand sea.
The team that is responsible for these findings was lead by Jean-Alix Barrat from the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale in France. As quoted by various reports, the team speculates that the astronomical body would have been destroyed or would have been absorbed by planets bigger in comparison as they came closer to the sun.
The EC002 is basically an artefact from a protoplanet, which is a large body of matter in the orbit around the sun or any other star and is known for being present while the planet is being developed. The texture of it is said to be coarse and ‘grained, tan and beige appearance.’ They also consist of crystals that are green, yellow-green and yellow-brown. Also, they are formed from magma or molten rock, which makes them igneous in nature.
According to the team, the magma which formed this rock was around 1220 °C and it took around 1,00,000 years to cool down.
As this very volcanic rock is said to be before the earth came along, what makes this finding rare is the fact that any other similar body that was from that time will not exist now as they may have gone on to become a planet at some point.
According to timesnownews.com