Thursday, January 26, 2017

King Tutankhamun's Dagger Was Literally Out Of This World

"That’s right: King Tut had a space dagger."

How cool is that?

An article published in May in the journal Meteoritics and Space Science is titled "The meteoritic origin of Tutankhamun's iron dagger blade".

In the article (sadly behind a paywall but detailed at IFLScience) scientists recount the process of using x-ray fluoroscopy to determine the precise elemental composition of the dagger's blade without any harm to the blade itself.

The scientists were even able to determine the exact meteorite from which the dagger was forged nearly 700 years ago.

Science is stunning.

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