solar nebula

Journey to the center of Mars

Yoshizaki explains, “Knowing the composition and interior structure of rocky planets tells us about formation conditions, how and when the core separated from…

Improving understanding of how the Solar System is formed

The observatory on Mauna Kea in Hawaii is world-famous. Less well-known is the fact that the Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the leading institutes for…

Jupiter had growth disorders

With an equator diameter of around 143,000 kilometers, Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and has 300 times the mass of the Earth. The formation…

Comet mission reveals 'missing link' in our understanding of planet formation

A research team led by Jürgen Blum (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany) have analysed data from the historic Rosetta mission to uncover how comet…

It Takes the Right Amount of Carbon

The element carbon and its compounds form the basics for life on Earth. Short-duration flash-heating events in the solar nebula prior to the formation of…

Cosmochemist discovers potential solution to meteorite mystery

A normally staid University of Chicago scientist has stunned many of his colleagues with his radical solution to a 135-year-old mystery in cosmochemistry. “I’m…

NASA and University Researchers Find a Clue to How Life Turned Left

The work also gave the strongest evidence to date that liquid water inside an asteroid leads to a strong preference of left-handed over right-handed forms of…

Caltech scientists find new primitive mineral in meteorite

More than 40 years later, the Allende meteorite is still serving the scientific community as a rich source of information about the early stages of our solar…

Organics Probably Formed Easily in Early Solar System

Fred Ciesla, assistant professor in geophysical sciences at UChicago, simulated the dynamics of the solar nebula, the cloud of gas and dust from which the sun…

Paper announces discovery of 1 of earliest minerals formed in solar system

In the May-June issue of the journal American Mineralogist, a team of scientists announced the discovery of the new mineral krotite, one of the earliest…

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