We have very often heard about asteroids, but it was never before when we have got opportunity to witness their bigger impacts.
The researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have discovered an asteroid impact zone in central Australia which is approximately 248 miles wide.
According to the scientists, the twin-impact zone of central Australia is the consequence of an asteroid that is believed to have broken in half just before hitting the planet Earth.
The impact zone was unearthed by the ANU researchers’ team while they were conducting geothermal research that included drilling process.
The remnants of the impact that includes free rock which was turned into glass inside the Earth’s crust were found during the drilling by the researchers.
Andrew Glikson, lead study investigator and a professor at the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, said, “The two asteroids must each have been more than 10 kilometres across. It would have been curtains for many life species on the Earth at the time.”
The scientists don’t know have enough information about how long ago the asteroid impact actually occurred, but they are of the belief that the celestial event was so strong and powerful that it could have caused a mass extinction.
Glikson believes the asteroid hit the planet roughly 300 million years ago. The scientists, however, haven’t found a known extinction that can be linked to the impact zone.
“At this stage, we do not have all the answers, but there has been a lot of interest, and people are certainly interested in any impact on the dinosaurs,” Glikson said.
Concluding the study’s results, he said, “As we are clueless about the age of this asteroid impact, we are working on it.”
The findings of the study were detailed this week in the journal Tectonophysics.