News tagged with protoplanetary disk

An amazingly wide variety of planet-forming disks

With an instrument at the Very Large Telescope in Chile scientists of ETH Zurich observed planet-forming disks around young stars similar to the sun 4,5 billion years ago. Surprisingly, the disks are very different. The data ...

dateApr 12, 2018 in Astronomy
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Dusty protoplanetary disks

Planetary systems form out of disks of gas and dust around young stars. How the formation proceeds, however, is complex and poorly understood. Many physical processes are involved including accretion onto the star, photoevaporation ...

dateDec 08, 2017 in Astronomy
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Astronomers track the birth of a 'super-Earth'

A new model giving rise to young planetary systems offers a fresh solution to a puzzle that has vexed astronomers ever since new detection technologies and planet-hunting missions such as NASA's Kepler space telescope have ...

dateJul 11, 2017 in Astronomy
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Methanol detected for first time around young star

Methanol, a key building block for the complex organic compounds that comprise life, has been detected for the first time in the protoplanetary disk of a young, distant star. This finding could help scientists better understand ...

dateMay 25, 2017 in Astronomy
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