Magnetization Frozen in Semarkona Meteorite Reveals Solar System Formation Secrets

November 15, 2014 9:22 PM

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Researchers have been attempting to discover physical evidence supporting their beliefs that strong magnetic fields may have been at the center of our solar system’s formation. A unique meteorite has finally made their wishes come true.

The Semarkona meteorite is particularly valuable to scientists because it, as opposed to other metorites, has not suffered alterations throughout its long journey to Earth and consequently, it maintains its original magnetization. The meteorite is made up of chondrules- tiny, round pellets formed as...

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