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Two Solar System Puzzles Solved

July 25, 2012

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How did icy comets obtain particles that formed at high temperatures, and how did the particles acquire rims with different compositions? Carnegie Institution scientists are the first to model the trajectories of refractory particles in the unstable disk that formed the solar system. The scientists found particles could have been processed in the hot inner disk, and then traveled to the frigid outer regions to end up in icy comets. Full Story

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