Contrary to Previous Studies, Meteorites May Not Have Built the Planets

January 15, 2015 7:19 AM

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For many years, scientists believed that meteorites held the secret to early planet formation in the solar system. It has been thought that the space rocks are related to the building blocks of the universe. But a new study from scientists at MIT and Purdue University suggests that this may not be the case after all.

In this study, scientists say that meteorites may have been cast off during proto-planetary collisions in the earliest days of the Solar System. This new theory argues far opposite from the previous idea that meteorite’s chondrules (the small grains of molten droplets on the surface of the space bod...

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