A mysterious stone like nothing on earth

The Hypatia Stone. Where did it come from so long ago?


It fell to earth 28 million years ago and is thought to be older than the Solar System.

Eons ago an object was pulled in by Earth’s gravity where it landed with a crunch.   Was it just traveling by and got sucked in, or was it catapulted from elsewhere by a great directional force?  It possibly broke up into smaller pieces and perhaps they even bounced a bit and landed again. 

Astronomers and scientists have been mystified by this projectile since it was discovered in 1996.  A man named Aly Barakat discovered it.  The stone-like piece was amongst other scattered mysterious objects known as Libyan Desert Glass.  Their field of existence is in western Egypt and Libya.

The fragment is so intriguing to scientists that it was given the name, Hypatia Stone.  Hypatia was a female astronomer of ancient Alexandria who lived from 350-415 A.D.  This brilliant woman was also a mathematician, philosopher, and inventor.  

There is only one small stone available to work with, 1.3 inches wide and weighing about an ounce.  Maybe they will discover others nearby.  It would be nice because samples have been removed from this tiny rock to send to various labs around the world.

The Hypatia Stone is theorized to be from the first known specimen of a comet nucleus.  It has a chemical composition like nothing on earth—thought to be older than the Solar System, itself.  It contains microscopic diamonds of an extraterrestrial origin.  It fell to earth 28 million years ago and the Libyan Desert Glass is thought to have come from the same body.  The original object may have been seven meters long.

Scientists at the University of Johannesburg were able to finally do an analysis of the Hypatia Stone.  It contains carbon, micro-diamonds, nickel, phosphorus, and sulfur.  It also contains interstellar dust which existed before the solar system formed. 

It even existed before the sun.  Most particles from comets or meteors contain the very stuff of our own rocky planets:  Earth, Mercury, Venus, and Mars.  Not this stone.  It has some extra ingredients.  Scientists doing the analysis learned that it was formed in a climate colder than liquid nitrogen, -354 degrees F.  Where did it come from?

Known as impactites, some of the stone fragments were used by early man to make tools during the Pleistocene Era, evidence shows.  The Pleistocene is when the first Homo sapiens started to roam the world.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Quite Curious, a collection of the unexplained mysteries around us. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

, , , , , , , , , , ,

Related Posts