View Full Version : Large Amounts of Carbon Around a Distant Star

2006-Jun-09, 02:57 PM
Astronomers have discovered a solar system with an unusually high amount of carbon; it could be at the stage where the rocky planets are forming. The system, called Beta Pictoris, is located 63 light-years from Earth and has a central star with twice the mass of our Sun. NASA's FUSE (Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer) and Hubble observed that gas around the star matches the composition of our own Solar System quite well. The stars intense radiation should be driving this gas away, but ionized carbon atoms are acting as a brake to keep it contained.

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