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Alien chemistry of the Hypatia stone revealed

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pallidin

Fascinating! Good read.

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seanjo

That's an old piece of rock and the interstellar asteroid transiting our Solar system shows it could have come from thousands if not millions of light years away.

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bison

The object has a very peculiar mineral composition, including elemental aluminum, not a compound, and a deficiency of silica. It appears that our ideas about the uniformity and contents of the nebula that formed our solar system are somewhat incorrect. Either that, or parts of this meteorite arrived from interstellar space.

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keithisco

Elemental Aluminium does exist (very rarely) in the Earth's crust.

It might be a stretch to say that it must be of interstellar origin because we are far from understanding all of the geologic forces and genesis of elements in our own Solar System. 

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bison

Yes, proto-solar-system origin is a possibility, but then we should be seeing more elemental aluminum, and the other odd chemistry, both on Earth and in meteorites.  That's unless the nebula that created our solar system was oddly segregated chemically, which is contrary to what we thought we knew about it.   

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Beetle

1) The Hypatia stone was discovered in 1966, not 2013.

2) Ponder this:

Pure aluminum= spacecraft hull
Silver iodine phosphide: used in making semiconductors
Large amounts of carbon: life forms?
 

Hypothesis: Could be remnants of a crashed alien spaceship.

 

 

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bison

Welcome to the forum, Beetle!  Elemental aluminum is very rare in nature. It's limited to low oxygen environments, like certain volcanoes, and  cold seeps from the ocean floor. The conditions therein keep it from combining with oxygen. Could elemental aluminum have come  from the nebula that became our solar system? I don't know, but the sorts of places it was found on Earth don't seem likely to have existed in the nebula.  

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