This meteorite came from the core of another planet. Inside it, a new mineral

3 September 2019

Scientists have discovered a new mineral, one never before seen in nature, lodged inside a meteorite found near Wedderburn in central Victoria.

 

They believe the mineral was likely forged in the molten core of an ancient planet long since destroyed.

 

The meteorite is red and black and deeply scarred from its million-year-plus journey, and certainly looks the part. The mineral it contains has been christened edscottite.

 

The mineral was found after close examination of the Wedderburn Meteorite, a lemon-sized chunk of metal found just outside Wedderburn in 1951, and now a part of Museums Victoria’s collection.

 

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