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    • The chemical composition of each meteorite provides clues to where its parent body resided in the solar system.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Astronomy

      Subtopic: Planets

      Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Chemical elements, Solar system, Astrogeology

      Audience: General

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Orgueil

Orgueil

Studies suggest the meteorite Orgueil might come from the core of a comet, an object made of ice, dust and rock that orbits the Sun at high speed.

Abee

Abee

Iron will remain in a metallic state unless it is exposed to a substance like water, which "oxidizes" the metal. 

Allende (AMNH 4328)

Allende (AMNH 4328)

The outer planets—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune—formed in the coolest part of the early solar nebula, which was rich in volatile gases and ices.

Oakley (stone)

Oakley (stone)

Like Renfrow (above), Melrose (right), Fisher and Wickenburg (left), Oakley (below) is an example of a meteorite that formed at an intermediate distance from the Sun (ordinary chondrites).

Melrose (A)

Melrose (A)

Like Renfrow (above), Melrose (right), Fisher and Wickenburg (left), Oakley (below) is an example of a meteorite that formed at an intermediate distance from the Sun (ordinary chondrites).