Tutankhamun's Fireball

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In 1996, a gem in one of Tutankhamun's necklaces was discovered not to be a stone, but glass -- glass that was far older than the earliest Egyptian civilisation. Scientists traced its origins to unexplained chunks of glass found scattered in the sand in a remote region of the Sahara Desert. This BBC documentary goes with the scientists as they find the site of the glass, and come up with an interesting theory about its origin.

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Fascinating subject, and the

Fascinating subject, and the dramatic music was a little overdone! Some of the scientists had me scratching my head in wonder . . .why didn't they think of the covering of the Great Sphinx of Egypt as an example by the Sands of the Sahara covering the Meteorite's crash site?!

I see they did look at satellite images and saw no crater. .. .but the way the fragments are spread out over a quite large area , would make me realize ( if I was a scientist) that the Meteorite broke up upon entry and that is why it's scattered as far and as wide as it is!