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Scientists find evidence the early solar system harbored a gap between its inner and outer regions

15 Oct 2021, 18:00 UTC
Scientists find evidence the early solar system harbored a gap between its inner and outer regions National Science Foundation, A. Khan

In the early solar system, a “protoplanetary disk” of dust and gas rotated around the sun and eventually coalesced into the planets we know today. A new analysis of ancient meteorites by scientists at MIT and elsewhere suggests that a mysterious gap existed within this disk around 4.567 billion years ago, near the location where the asteroid belt resides today.

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