Latest Chondrite Stories
Rather than being planetary building blocks, asteroids and meteorites may actually be the byproducts of planetary collisions occurring billions of years ago, according to researchers from MIT and Purdue University.
An international team of scientists, using data from a Martian meteorite, reports that life on Mars is more likely than previously thought.
Researchers have discovered the first experimental evidence suggesting our solar system’s protoplanetary disk was shaped by an intense magnetic field which propelled massive amounts of gas into the sun over the course of just a few million years.
The water that covers over 70 percent of the Earth formed just 14 million years after the formation of the solar system – much earlier than previously believed, according to a new study published online Friday in the journal Science.
Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers.
The Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains region earlier this year was found to have either collided with another celestial body or had a close encounter with the sun prior to reaching Earth.
Hutcheonite, recently named after Lawrence Livermore meteorite researcher Ian Hutcheon, can be seen only with high powered scanning electron microscopes.
Scientists have provided a solution to a 135-year-old mystery in cosmochemistry, saying chondrules may have formed from high-pressure collisions in the early solar system.
Prior to the Apollo Moon missions, scientists conjectured that the Moon would be extremely dry, that even below the surface of the Magnificent Desolation that little or no water would be present.
A stone originally discovered last year in Southern Morocco has been identified as a rare type of meteorite known as an achondrite, though its exact origin remains a mystery.
Meteorite -- A meteorite is a relatively small extraterrestrial material body that reaches the Earth's surface. While in space these bodies are called meteoroids. Upon entering the atmosphere air drag and friction will cause the body to heat up, emitting light, thus forming a meteor, fireball, or shooting star. Most meteors disintegrate in the air, making impact events (Earth impacts) on the surface of Earth uncommon. About 500 baseball sized rocks a year reach the surface. Large...
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.