The scientists have made new revelation about the formation of the solar system. According to the new findings, a magnetic field preserved within an ancient meteorite offers new clues about the formation of Sun, planets and overall our solar system.
The scientists said that they have found an ancient meteorite, named Semarkona, which has fallen in northern India in the year 1940. According to them, Semarkona holds crucial information about the origin of the sun, planets and the solar system.
Semarkona is one of the most pristine and primitive relics from the earliest ages of the solar system.
The major event responsible for the formation of today’s solar system and the birth of planets is the exact measurements of the field that were trapped in grains in the meteorite. This indicates an intense magnetic field was rippling through the disk of dust particles around the newborn sun and the solar system.
The researchers further said that the magnetic field had pushed a large amount of gas into the sun, while the remaining gas and dust grains were thrown out to eventually crash between each other, which finally led to the formation of the terrestrial planets.
“Explaining the rapid timescale in which these disks evolve in only a few million years has always remained a big mystery. It turns out that this magnetic field is strong enough to affect the motion of gas at a large scale, in a very significant way,” said Roger Fu, from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT.
The scientists thoroughly examined the gaseous grains of the meteorite that had offered them in the proper determination of the strength of the original magnetic field where they had actually originated.
The study’s findings were published in the journal Science.