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Ancient Stardust

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Without any doubt, this is the oldest material you'll ever see. It is older than the Solar System itself.

The milky liquid in this vial contains tiny diamonds forged in the explosion of a dying star. Blasted across space, they were incorporated in the cloud that gave birth to our Solar System and were preserved inside a meteorite that fell to Earth in 1969. From such grains, we learn how the chemical elements form within distant stars.

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  • Title: Ancient Stardust
  • Type: Dust Grains
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Mineral Sciences


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