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The Fireball and the Spherules

In 2014, a meteor exploded over the Pacific Ocean near Papua New Guinea. Scientists initially thought the tiny metallic spheres they found on the seafloor might have come from another solar system or even have an extraterrestrial origin.

A More Mundane Explanation

However, seismologists have now determined that the seismic reading that led scientists to the spherules was most likely not from an exploding meteor. Instead, it was probably caused by a truck dropping off or picking up someone.

The Spherules and the Road

The tiny round objects called “spherules” that the scientists found are likely just normal cosmic material that can be found all over Earth, including on rooftops. The road near the seismometer is a strong indicator that the vibrations detected were from human activity, not an interstellar meteor.

The Fireball’s Location

The seismologists also found that the actual location of the fireball explosion was over 100 miles away from where the spherules were collected. This means that the scientists were looking in the wrong place for the source of the spherules.

The Search for Life Beyond Earth

Despite the lack of evidence for alien life, scientists continue to search for habitable environments in our solar system and beyond. However, they emphasize the need for a high standard of proof when making claims about extraterrestrial life or unnatural materials.