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Asteroids in the Early Solar System May Have Been Giant Balls of Mud

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Asteroids in the Early Solar System May Have Been Giant Balls of Mud

Asteroids, bits of space rubble left over from the solar system’s formation, may hold the key to understanding how planets form. While there’s still a lot we don’t know about asteroids, new research is offering clues about the formation of asteroids and planets like our own.

[Image Source: NASA/JPL]

How big were early asteroids?

Researchers from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., recently conducted a study that suggests asteroids may have been born large, rather than slowly growing over time.

Scientists have long considered several theories about the formation of planets.

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