Crater from Ancient Asteroid Discovered Off Coast of Scotland

The spot where an ancient asteroid hit the United Kingdom some 1.2 billion years ago has been tracked to a location under the sea between mainland Scotland and the Western Isles.

Researchers at Oxford and Aberdeen universities back in 2008 discovered signs of the violent collision in Scotland, but they only recently pinpointed where the gigantic rock came down.

After testing rocks near Ullapool in northwest Scotland, scientists confirmed that an object about 1 mile wide crashed into the ground at 38,000 miles per hour, The Guardian reports.

The collision left a 12-mile-wide crater and happened when most life on Earth was in the oceans and the continents were arranged in a very different way from the present day.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Christopher Carbone