The early Solar System’s magnetic field sped planet formation

November 17, 2014 2:04 PM

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Chondrites from a meteorite explain why the planets formed so quickly.

One aspect of planetary formation has remained enigmatic. Observations of young star systems indicate that it usually takes less than five million years for the star’s planets to form—perhaps much less. For that to happen, there must be a really efficient mechanism to bring mass into the protoplanet...

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