November 13th, 2013
Dr. Fred Ciesla
University of Chicago
Collisions in the Early Solar System
Meteorites provide us with important clues about the conditions present and processes that occurred during the birth of our Solar System. Deciphering these clues, however, requires a detailed understanding of how the meteorites would have been shaped by the various events known to have occurred during these stages of evolution. I will discuss recent work we have carried out to understand the roles that collisions among meteorite parent bodies would have played in shaping the specimens in our collections, and how this could relate to understanding of planet formation in general.