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A spherically shaped body consisting chiefly of pyroxene or olivine minerals embedded in the matrix of certain stony meteorites.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a circular formation averaging 0.5–1.0 mm in diameter that is the primary structural element of meteorites—chondrites (see). Three principal types are distinguished on the basis of texture: exocentric fan, grated, and porphyritic. Chondrules are rapidly cooled drops of molten silicate matter.

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The new discovery is that the so-called chondrules were formed during the first three million years of the solar system's development as well.
Chondrules themselves formed through quick melting events in the dusty gas cloud -- the solar nebula -- that surrounded the young sun.
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Members of the subclass of stony meteorites known as achondrites are completely devoid of chondrules. Achondrites are igneous rocks from space that originated from parent bodies that melted.
They derive their name from their main component -- chondrules, which formed as molten droplets floating in space.
The overwhelming majority of chondrites contain spherical structures called chondrules (from the Greek word for "grain") and are thought to have formed around dust remnants from the primordial solar nebula that underwent heating and formed the earliest structures of our solar system.
In the ordinary chondrites, MacPherson's team studied both tiny, gray- white inclusions and small, silicate droplets known as chondrules. They found that a higher proportion of aluminum-26 appeared in the inclusions than in the chondrules.
"We can now use the isotopes to measure the age of different chondrules, parts of meteorites, and understand far more about the early part of our Solar System," one of the scientists, Johan Villeneuve, told BBC News.
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