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1.2 billion years ago, a 1-km asteroid smashed into Scotland

62 mi) in diameter and took place near to the coas Until recently, the precise location of the impact remained a mystery to scientists. The team determined that the meteor impact took place in this region based on multiple lines of evidence. In addition, the land mass that is Scotland today was located in the Laurentia craton (part of the supercontinent of Rodinia) and was closer to the equator at the time. Roughly one billion years ago, Earth and the other planets of the Solar System experienced a higher rate of meteorite impact than they do today. However, due to the number of asteroid and comet fragments that are still floating around in the Solar System today, it is possible a similar impact event will happen at some point in the not-so-distant future.

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