A new studies harvard researchers theorized that a piece of a comet crashed into earth over 66 million years ago to create the cheek chalub crater. According to a study published monday in scientific, the cheek shalou crater is located on the yucatan peninsula of modern day mexico and spans about 100. The impact that created the crater is linked to the cretaceous paleogene extinction event, which killed off the dinosaurs and many other species. According to the study, it must been a beautiful view, but the fun ended when the rock hit the ground said, study co, author, abraham, look, professor of science at harvard universe. Theorizes a piece of the comet was the culprit for the mass extinction event, not an asteroid. Like many scientists have hypothetic, the comet originated from the oort cloud. A group of icy objects located on the edge of the solar system, reed moria comet, is a piece of space debris made mostly of frozen gas. While an asteroid is a piece of rock most commonly found in the asteroid belt, a collection of asteroids between mars and jupiter according to cnn weather, correspondent, chad, ma the odds of an asteroid with a diameter of at least 6.2 miles, causing a cheek shalom impact event. Is one in every 350 million years, according to the stu long period, comets comets, with an orbit of more than 200 years that are capable of the cheeks loop event, are significantly rarer, with one occurring every three, eight to 11 billion years.

The study found that a piece of space debris crashed into earth 66 million years ago and a new theory hypothesizes. It was a cut. The researchers offer a scenario for how the comet could have beaten those longshot on as the comet traveled to the center of the solar system from the oort cloud. Jupiter’S gravitational force could have given it a boost, so it had enough speed to reach the sun. According to jupiter acts, just like a pinball machine, lobe said when something comes close to it, it can give it up on reaching the sun. The sun’s gravitational force could have broken the comet into multiple pieces. He said with more comic pieces, it’s ten times more likely. The comet would hit earth as the pieces moved away from the sun according to lope. Other researchers did not agree with the new study’s findings and still say several clues point to an asteroid. Creating the cheek chalup crater for one iridium, along with a handful of other chemical elements, was found scattered around the globe. After the impact said david kring principal scientist at the lunar and planetary institute in houston, who was not involved with the comet study, kring said the proportions of those elements are the same proportions seen in meteorite samples of aster. The common piece would have also been too small to make a crater of that size said natalia ardemiva senior scientist at the planetary science institute, who also was not involved in the study.

The study estimated the size of the comet piece to be about four miles wide and artemyva argued the comet would need to be at least seven five miles wide to make a crater the size of chichulu with a small comet piece. She said it is absolutely impossible, and the crater size from the impact would be at least cream also noted that how often an asteroid or comet hits earth to create such an impact as statistically insignificant. It doesn’t matter, if it’s approximately once every 350 million years and we had an event 66 million years ago because statistically that would be the one occurrence in the 350 million year time span. Researchers also have a plethora of asteroid samples to study compared to comets there’s.