MIT Researchers Found That Meteorites Didn’t Form Our Solar System

January 15, 2015 10:26 AM

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A new study led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) challenges previous theories about our solar system formation. New evidence shows that meteorites are in fact byproducts of planet formation, rather than the primordial building blocks.

MIT scientists analyzed the chondrules within meteors and did a computer simulation of early solar system formation to learn which were first formed: the chondrules or the ancient planets called protoplanets. Chondrules are spherical grains resulting from molten material that has eventually cooled.

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