Tiny Meteorites May Hold The Secrets of the Solar System

November 17, 2014 10:40 AM

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Tiny Meteorites May Hold The Secrets of the Solar System

Researchers have recently come across some interesting new clues into the origins of our Solar System. By discovering some magnetic fields engrained in ancient miniscule meteorites—known as chondrites—they now understand that similar electrical signals might have helped to form the solar system. The secret, they believe, lies within the tiny stony grains which make these chondrites, stony grains called “chondrules.”

“Chondrules themselves created through quick melting events within the dusty gas cloud—the solar nebula—that encircled the young sun. As chondrules cooled, iron-bearing minerals within them became magnetized like bits on the hard disk through the local magnetic field in the gas. These magnetic field...

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