MIT: An Origin Story for a Family of Oddball Meteorites

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MIT: An Origin Story for a Family of Oddball Meteorites

Post by bystander » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:44 pm

An Origin Story for a Family of Oddball Meteorites
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | 2020 Jul 24

Study suggests the rare objects likely came from an early planetesimal with a magnetic core.

Most meteorites that have landed on Earth are fragments of planetesimals, the very earliest protoplanetary bodies in the solar system. Scientists have thought that these primordial bodies either completely melted early in their history or remained as piles of unmelted rubble.

But a family of meteorites has befuddled researchers since its discovery in the 1960s. The diverse fragments, found all over the world, seem to have broken off from the same primordial body, and yet the makeup of these meteorites indicates that their parent must have been a puzzling chimera that was both melted and unmelted.

Now researchers at MIT and elsewhere have determined that the parent body of these rare meteorites was indeed a multilayered, differentiated object that likely had a liquid metallic core. This core was substantial enough to generate a magnetic field that may have been as strong as Earth’s magnetic field is today.

Their results ... suggest that the diversity of the earliest objects in the solar system may have been more complex than scientists had assumed. ...

Meteorite Evidence for Partial Differentiation and Protracted Aaccretion of Planetesimals ~ Clara Maurel et al
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Re: MIT: An Origin Story for a Family of Oddball Meteorites

Post by BDanielMayfield » Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:30 am

... the parent body of these rare meteorites was indeed a multilayered, differentiated object that likely had a liquid metallic core. This core was substantial enough to generate a magnetic field that may have been as strong as Earth’s magnetic field is today.
That is amazing.
Just as zero is not equal to infinity, everything coming from nothing is illogical.