’Shockwave Of Fire’ Rained Down After Old Comet Strike On Earth, Scientists Say
2013-10-29 0:00

By Elizabeth Howell | UniverseToday



Speak about destruction. A comet slammed into Earth’s atmosphere 28 million years ago and basically killed everything with fire below, leaving a huge deposit of yellow silica glass in its wake, a team of astronomers say.

The evidence — a black pebble found by an Egyptian geologist within this vast tract of glass — is believed to be a part of the comet’s nucleus or heart and not just an ordinary meteorite. The team says this could be the first hard evidence, so to speak, of a comet striking Earth.

The temporary “shockwave of fire” hit 2,300 square miles (roughly 6,000 square kilometers) of Egyptian sand, turning the grains into glass. Given the area’s rich archaeological history, it’s probably not too much of a surprise that a small portion of this is visible in a brooch that belonged to ancient boy-king Tutankhamun.


A brooch that belonged to the Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamun, which reportedly contains a silica glass stone that originated from a comet explosion.


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