Rosetta and Philae say comet isn't magnetized

April 14, 2015 1:20 PM

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Rosetta and Philae say comet isn't magnetized

Scientists have long been curious about the role magnetic fields played in the formation of materials during the solar system's earliest days. Now, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may offer answers.

That the comet is unmagnetized suggests magnetic fields failed to influence material formation once objects such as comets, asteroids and planetesimals reached a certain size.

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