ANCIENT asteroids have provided important insight into the history of cosmic violence in our solar system.
Researchers have reconstructed a section of the timeline that traces the formation of the solar system.
Millions of years ago, asteroids collided with each other, exposing their warm cores to the vacuum of space, causing rapid cooling.
By examining meteorite cores found here on Earth, researchers found that there was an intense period of space collisions between about 8 and 12 million years after the Sun formed.
“Everything seemed to have collapsed back then. And we wanted to know why,” the study’s lead author said in a statement.
Researchers were able to determine what caused the age of bumper cars from intense space debris.
“The theory that best explained this energetic early phase of the solar system suggested that it was mainly caused by the dissolution of the so-called solar nebula,” said a co-author of the study.
The solar nebula was the extra gas that wasn’t compressed into the sun’s formation.
This extra gas acted as a drag against asteroids, slowing them down and reducing collisions.
After the solar nebula was “blown away by solar winds and radiation,” cosmic collisions were more frequent and occurred at higher speeds.
Space is more accessible than ever thanks to innovations from private companies like SpaceX and public institutions like Nasa.
The next decade of space exploration will bring projects of all kinds and likely lead to mind-blowing discoveries.
In late 2022, Nasa and SpaceX will launch a spacecraft toward Psyche, a metal asteroid between Mars and Jupiter.
Psyche is said to be a hoard of gold, platinum and other metals – Fox News estimates that the asteroid is worth over $10,000 trillion in valuables.
The Falcon Heavy rocket will reach the asteroid in 2026.
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