New Study Casts Doubts Over Role Of Meteorites As 'Building Blocks' Of Planets

January 15, 2015 1:28 PM

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New Study Casts Doubts Over Role Of Meteorites As 'Building Blocks' Of Planets

Scientists have long believed that meteorites, along with clouds of gas and dust, played a key role in the formation of planets during the infancy of our solar system. However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Purdue University has cast doubts over the role of meteorites as building blocks of planets.

Meteorites, which are chunks of metal and rocks, are studded with chondrules -- miniscule, spherical grains of solidified melted rocks. In our current understanding of the mechanism of planet formation, chondrules are believed to have played a fundamental role. Scientists believe that in the early s...

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