Astrophysics (index)


(stony meteors showing no melting)

A Chondrite is a stony meteor that does not show signs of overall melting. They typically include round grains (Chondrules) which are interpreted as rapidly melted and cooled aggregates of Cosmic Dust and as material formed very early in the life of the solar system. There is not a consensus on the details of their formation, i.e., what could cause the required heating and cooling. Theories:

(meteorite,solar system)

Referenced by:
Carbonaceous Chondrite (C Chondrite)