(SMH) — An international team of scientists at Belgium’s Antarctica research station has found the largest meteorite in nearly 25 years, helping them to unlock the secrets of our solar system.

A statement on Thursday said scientists at Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctic research base had found a meteorite weighing 18 kilograms on the Nansen Ice Field, part of a haul of 425 rocks with a total weight of 75 kilograms.

“This meteorite was a very unexpected find for us, not only due to its weight, but because we don’t normally find such large meteorites in Antarctica,” said Vinciane Debaille, a geologist from Universite Libre de Bruxelles who led the Belgian part of the team.

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