nov 032012
Our Solar System Not as Unique as Once Thought

  Some 4.567 billion years ago, our Solar System’s planets spawned from an expansive disk of gas and dust rotating around the Sun. While similar processes are witnessed in younger solar systems throughout the Milky Way, the formative stages of our own Solar System were believed to have taken twice as long to occur. Now, [continue reading]

apr 162012
Tiny particles key to understanding early solar system

New research from The Australian National University has answered a decades old cosmic conundrum on how ‘chondrules’ – tiny particles found within meteorites – could have formed in extreme heat, especially when the meteorite structure surrounding them remained cold. Chondrules are spherical particles of molten material found in meteorities but their origins have long been [continue reading]