Our understanding of the role of meteorites may have been flawed

January 15, 2015 6:41 AM

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Our understanding of the role of meteorites may have been flawed

Meteorites or space rocks were earlier thought to have formed planets, but a new study has revealed that they never formed planets in any way but were only byproducts of planet formation. This latest knowledge from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Purdue researchers suggest that much credit than deserved was given for the roles of meteorites in planet formation.

The researchers observed that there was no way meteorites could have been the building blocks of planets when demonstrated computer simulations contradicts such an idea. Computer simulations showed that meteorites as byproducts of planet formation were cast-offs when other proto-planetary bodies col...

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