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Researches have made new discoveries since the Sutter’s Mill meteorite exploded as a fireball over Coloma this past spring.

Some of the researchers come from nearby UC Davis and have joined others in publishing their findings in the journal Science.

After studying meteorites found in El Dorado County, experts can now confirm that the meteorite formed about 4.5 billion years ago. That’s about the time our solar system formed.

It was knocked from its parent body about 50,000 years ago.

“(The meteorite is) one of many pieces that must have witnessed the beginning,” said UC Davis researcher Qing-zhu Yin.

Researchers hope their findings prompt interest in further examination of the meteorites.