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Ancient blue crystals tell the tale of the Sun’s volatile early years

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The Sun is the oldest body in our Solar System — and since everything in our system revolves around it, that obviously makes perfect sense — springing to life somewhere around 4.6 billion years ago. The planets formed millions of years later from the material that was orbiting the star, and because of this it's actually pretty difficult to find material from the Sun's formative years preserved in its original state.

Amazingly, scientists now believe they've done just that, mining meteorites for tiny crystals that tell the story of our star's very earliest years. The bold blue crystals, called hibonite, are through to have been formed by the early Sun, revealing its violent and energetic origin story.

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