Details of our solar system’s origin found in meteorite grains

November 14, 2014 2:16 PM

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Magnetic fields ingrained in meteorite grains provide clues towards the birth of the solar system. The magnetic fields, frozen into the meteorite grains, tell of the initial steps in solar system formation and the formation of planets similar to Earth, according to astrophysicist Steve Desch from ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.

The most accurate measurements from the laboratory to date, from magnetic fields ingrained in grains of a primitive meteorite, yield crucial clues of early solar system evolution. The measurements indicate that a major factor in solar system formation is shock waves that travel through the dusty gas...

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