Meteorite's Magnetic Fields Sheds Light on Solar System's Birth

November 16, 2014 1:20 PM

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New analyses of a primitive meteorite's magnetic fields, frozen within the space rock's grains, are helping to shed light on the solar system's birth and how it has evolved over time, a new study describes.

The studied meteorite, named Semarkona, belongs to a class of the most primitive and least altered type of meteorites, called chondrites. Built mostly of small stony grains, they are barely a millimeter in diameter, but nonetheless the fact that they date back to the birth of the solar system makes ...

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