Did you know that a meteorite can tell us about ancient titanic explosions and collisions that occurred long before the Sun existed? It’s true—and, according to scientists at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University, studies of these meteorites can give important clues to that long-ago time in galaxy history.
Meteorites landing on Earth can provide important clues to the solar system’s formation history, as well as events that occurred before the Sun and planets began to form. This meteorite fell to Earth in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Meteorite Recon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4279067
Meteorite: a Space Rock from the Past
Every day, material falls from the sky and lands on the surface of Earth. It can be as small as a speck of dust or a boulder-sized (or, rarely, a larger) object. When a space rocks lands on the surface of our planet, we call them “meteorites.” They come from asteroids and even from other planets. There’s a whole class called “Mars meteorites” that actually DO come from Mars. They started their trips to Earth when something plowed into the surface of Mars and craters. Some of the rocks blasted out to space and ...