Early solar system, artwork

Early solar system, artwork

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Caption: Early solar system. Artwork of the early solar system during its formation. The Sun (orange, centre) formed from a collapsing nebula some 4.6 billion years ago. The remaining dust and gas formed a rotating disc surrounding the Sun. 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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