View Full Version : A Closer Look at Planetary Formation

2006-Oct-02, 06:12 PM
Astronomers have used the European Southern Observatory to map a vast disc of gas and dust surrounding a newly born massive star. The star is called HD 97048, and it's located in the Chameleon I dark cloud, a stellar nursery 600 light-years away. The central star has 40 times the mass of our Sun, and the surrounding disc stretches 12 times further than the orbit of Neptune in our own Solar System.

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