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The Australian astronomers who helped solve a 22 million-year-old mystery – ABC News

Australian scientists are part of a team that solved a 22-million-year-old mystery while pioneering techniques that may one day help us prevent armageddon.

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For Curtin University astronomer Hadrien Devillepoix, helping prevent Armageddon is all in a day’s work.
Key points:

  • In 2018, a 1.5-metre rock broke up in Earth’s atmosphere and plummeted into the Kalahari Desert
  • Scientists didn’t know exactly where it came from
  • Today, an international team that included Australians announced its origin

“I’m sure most people remember the movie Armageddon If a really big asteroid came towards you, it really comes down to how much warning time we have,” he said.
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