Early solar system, illustration

Early solar system, illustration

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Early solar system. Computer illustration of asteroids (rocks) orbiting the Sun (centre) in the early solar system. The Sun formed from a collapsing nebula and the remaining dust and gas formed a rotating disc surrounding it. Slow gravitational attraction (accretion) of small particles formed these rocky asteroids (planetesimals). They in turn clumped together to form Earth-like rocky planets, or remained scattered like the present-day asteroid belt.

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