The phrase “quasicrystal from outer space” sounds like the title to a science fiction thriller with a New Age twist.

But a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports announced that a bonafide quasicrystal has indeed been discovered within the grainy remains of a meteorite found in the Khatyrka region of the Russian far east, five years ago.

The paper marks the first time that a type of quasicrystal has been identified in nature before it was created artificially in a lab.
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