Semarkona meteorite reveals magnetic fields role in solar system development

November 15, 2014 7:02 PM

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Semarkona meteorite reveals magnetic fields role in solar system development

Scientists have wondered for years, what, if any role magnetic fields had on the solar system we live within today. They knew with relative certainty that there had to have been a connection, and some role, but the depth of that connection was shaky at best. Now though, scientists have far-better understanding of the role these magnetic fields play in the development of the solar system as a whole, and planets individually.

Scientists looked at the Semarkona meteorite, which only weighed a pound-and-a-half, but crashed and was located in India 74 years ago. To understand the rock though, they needed additional context. The history of the solar system works out to the sun forming 4.6 billion years ago, and a subsequent ...

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