Building blocks of the solar system

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    • In the early solar system, orbiting bodies often collided powerfully—as certain meteorites reveal.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Astronomy

      Subtopic: Planets

      Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Solar System--Origin, Astrogeology

      Audience: General

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Allende (AMNH 4884)

Allende (AMNH 4884)

The dark clump in the middle of this fragment of Allende predates the surrounding material.

Portales Valley

Portales Valley

The parent body of Portales Valley was hit at least twice by other planetesimals.

Paragould

Paragould

The force of an impact between planetesimals was often strong enough to pulverize rock.

Rose City

Rose City

The most forceful collisions in the early solar system contained enough energy to melt portions of the planetesimals.

Naryilco

Naryilco

The force of an impact between planetesimals was often strong enough to pulverize rock.

Chico

Chico

The most forceful collisions in the early solar system contained enough energy to melt portions of the planetesimals.