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A huge crater left by one of the largest known meteorites to hit Earth may have been finally found in Laos after years of searching.

Scientists have known that a two-kilometre (1.2mile) wide meteorite crashed into Earth nearly 800,000 years ago, but the exact spot of where it landed has been a mystery for decades.

However, there is now strong evidence to show the crater may lie beneath lava in a 910-cubic-kilometre area of a volcanic field in Laos, southeast Asia, according to a new research paper.

The hidden impact crater is thought to be about 13 kilometres (8 miles) wide and 17 kilometres (10.5 miles) long, based off the research team’s calculations.

Researchers were led to the impact site by a set of small black glassy objects called tektites, which scientists believe were formed from Earth material that melted from the meteorite’s impact.

That's a huge crater - although, there can't be much left of it if it's taken this long to find :P .

Also, it must have been a pretty cataclysmic impact if it sent the pieces scattering as far as this!