Strange elements unknown to science may lurk in the hearts of asteroids, new study suggests

Jul 21, 2023
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"Scientists have long been puzzled by its density, as the 34-mile-wide (55 kilometers) object does not have the mass needed to squeeze minerals into ultradense forms."

Scientists are failing to consider the asteroid belt is the product of two planets colliding during the first billion years in the evolution of our solar system. If the asteroid in question came from the interior of one of those colliding planets, it could indeed contain minerals squeezed into ultra-dense forms.