Researchers Observe Activity in Ancient Meteorite; Conclude It May Provide Insight to Birth of the Solar System

November 16, 2014 4:54 PM

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New research out of MIT, Cambridge University, and a handful of other higher-education institutions, claim that the study of a tiny rock—which turns out to be an ancient meteorite—could provide scientists with a unique look at the early universe.

This ancient meteorite is called Semarkona and it crashed into the earth in Northern India in 1940. The very small Semarkona meteorite is made of even smaller particles scientists call chondrules. These form as drops of molten rock cool quickly in space. Scientists discovered that the chondrules are...

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