One of the rarest meteorites ever seen discovered in Italy. In fact, it is the third that contains a very rare alloy of aluminum and copper and the second with a quasicrystal of natural origin, i.e. a material considered 'impossible' because, unlike normal crystals, its structure follows patterns that never repeat. 

Described in the journal Communications Earth & Environment by Italian research led by

Giovanna Agrosì

, professor of Mineralogy at the University of Bari, the meteorite is a tiny sphere and

was discovered in Calabria, on Mount Gariglione

A collector found it

, attracted by the unusual metallic shine, who then sent it to the University of Bari. Here the analyzes confirmed the extraterrestrial origin of the sphere, currently preserved in the

Museum of Earth Sciences of the University of Bari

.



Researchers from the Department of Earth and Geo-Environmental Sciences of the University of Bari (Daniela Mele, Gioacchino Tempesta and Floriana Rizzo) and the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Florence (Luca Bindi and Tiziano Catelani) collaborated with Agrosi on the study. and the Italian Space Agency, with Paola Manzari. Bindi, in particular, discovered a quasicrystal in one of the meteorites preserved in the Natural History Museum of the University of Florence and his research made it possible to confirm that quasicrystals, the discovery of which was rewarded in 2011 with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry , they are a new type of matter in all respects.