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Blue crystal from meteorites explains infant sun’s composition

The sun came into existence 4.6 billion years ago which is almost 50 million years before the Earth was formed. So, there is no substance that can help to study the chemical composition of the sun. But, the composition of the blue crystals found within the remains of a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite explains that the sun had many explosions and discharged extreme flow of charged objects when it was young.

Philip Heck, a professor at the University of Chicago said that the minerals found from the meteorites in the Field Museum are very old and are possibly the first minerals that were formed in the universe, this research has brought end to a long speculation about the sun and it will be very helpful to understand the chemistry of our solar system.

These crystals have conserved a few of the first steps that occurred in the Solar system for billions of years. To analyze the minerals inside the meteorite, researchers used a huge spectrometer and laser beam which removed a small portion of the blue crystal which discharged helium and neon gases. Small particles of aluminium and calcium were found in these blue crystals.

Scientists have tried to analyze the meteorites to study the sun earlier as well but did not succeed. Andy Davis, who is associated with the Field Museum said that the mineral grains from these crystals are so small that they are just a few times the length of a human hair. The sun discharged protons and other atomic objects into the solar system which hit these blue crystals and when the protons hit the aluminium and calcium particles in the crystals, the atoms divided further into tiny atoms of helium and neon.