Rare Discoveries Show A Different Side To History Than We Already Know

By Sophia Maddox | February 9, 2024

An ornate piece of the Fukang meteorite that was found in the mountains near Fukang, China

Forget what you learned in the history books. More often than not they only tell one side of a story filled with nuance. The rare discoveries that have been collected here show a side of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of stories that we think we know to expose little known facts that make history all the more fascinating. If you are ready to see a different side to history than you already know, then click ahead...the truth awaits!

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Discovered in China in 2000, the Fukang Meteorite is one of the most beautiful interstellar bodies that’s been found on Earth. An anonymous hitchhiker found the meteorite outside the town of Fukang in Xinjiang, a region in the northwestern part of China. The beautiful space rock is made of Pallasite, recognizable for its pieces of olivine crystals embedded in an iron-nickel matrix. When slices of this meteorite are lit from the back they take on the look of a stained glass window. Scientists aren’t sure about the origins of Pallasite, and it’s believed that the meteorite formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago.

The world’s oldest astronomical clock is still in operation in Prague.

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The Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the world's oldest fully functional astronomical clocks, meaning that aside from telling the time it also displays information about the Sun, Moon, Zodiac constellations, and even other planets in some cases. The astronomical clock in Prague is known as The Orloj and in order to provide the time and locations of astronomical bodies it had to be constructed with multiple layers. The main face of the clock features the time as well as glyphs that show ancient Czech time as well as a set of Roman numerals that tell 24 hour time. 

The face is colored in different colors of blue and red that represent different parts of the day from sunrise to sunset and even when it’s simply night. At the center of the dial sits the Earth.