View Full Version : Slower Spinning Stars Puzzle Astronomers

2005-Dec-07, 11:43 PM
SUMMARY: NASA astronomers are studying a strange set of stars that spin much slower than expected. Normally, young stars spin quickly as its gravity pulls gas and dust into the centre, but a certain percentage of stars don't - and astronomers don't know why. There are several theories, but the most intriguing one is that planets have already formed around the star and are stealing momentum away from the parent star. NASA's Origins mission, due for launch next year will help detect planet-forming disks around these young stars.

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