The picture above is of a meteorite that touched down in Tagish Lake in 2000. On August 11, 2021, researcher Yuki Kimura and collogues published a paper describing their new technique for analyzing the meteorite. Simply called “nanometer-scale paleomagnetic electron holography”, the technique looked at the magnetic waves produced by the electrons to produce a holograph of the meteorite. What’s even more exciting is that the data they recovered implies that the large body that the Tagish Lake meteorite came from likely was formed in the Kuiper Belt around three million years ago! Beyond that, the researchers were able to gather the early dynamics of the solar system and tell that it was extremely efficient when forming!
Sounds interesting? Click the links below to read more, find the original paper published, or to learn more about the Tagish Lake Asteroid!
Magnetic Patterns Hidden in Meteorites Reveal Early Solar System Dynamics
Investigating the dynamics of the early solar system
The Astrophysical Journal Letters: Abstract