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Ice on Comet old as solar system

In an article published in the journal “The Astrophysical Journal Letters” scientists boast discovery made on one of the comets observed by the probe Rosetta.

In an article published in the journal “The Astrophysical Journal Letters” scientists boast discovery made on one of the comets observed by the probe Rosetta.

67P-Czuriumow-Gierasimienko

Researchers were able to determine that ice is present on the surface from the Comet 67P Czuriumow-Gierasimienko was created at the same time as the solar system. It is crystalline, meaning that creating it water molecules are in an ordered lattice. Such a pattern occurs when water freezes slowly. in the early solar system yet. Researchers suspect that ice from the observed Comet was at 227-220 degrees Celsius.

This seemingly trivial discovery can help scientists better understand how the solar system was built.