View Full Version : Proto-Planetary Systems are Common in the Galaxy

2005-Jun-14, 08:35 PM
SMA Confirms Proto-Planetary Systems are Common in the Galaxy (http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/press/pr0517.html)

Meeting this week in Cambridge, Mass., astronomers using the Submillimeter Array (SMA) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, confirmed, for the first time, that many of the objects termed "proplyds" found in the Orion Nebula do have sufficient material to form new planetary systems like our own.

2005-Jun-15, 09:10 AM
A less highbrow version:

UH astronomers find pre-planet dust rings (http://starbulletin.com/breaking/breaking.php?id=3523)

Many young stars in the Orion Nebula are surrounded by enough orbiting dust and material to form a whole new planetary system like our own, University of Hawaii scientists report in an article that appears today in the Astrophysical Journal.
The statement also said, “Since most sunlike stars in our Milky Way galaxy eventually form in environments like the Orion Nebula, the SMA (telescope) results suggest that the formation of solar systems like our own is common and a continuing event in the galaxy.”

2005-Jun-16, 01:05 AM
Nice....gives us a higher chance of meeting an alien civilizations similar to ours...well in the far future, still good news anyways.