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Planet-Forming Disk Vanishes Into Thin Air

In less than 2 years, a star system's planet-forming disk just vanished -- and the same thing may have happened in our own solar system.
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Exoplanet orbiting red giant gives hints of Earth's future

Academics / General Science : 60-Second Science (6 years ago)

Astronomers have discovered a new planet in another solar system orbiting a red giant star that provides clues into what may happen to our own solar system 5 billion years from now when our own, younger Sun becomes a gigantic old st... Read Post

Why is Earth so dry? Planet formed from rocky debris in hotter region, inside of solar system's 'snow line'

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (2 years ago)

A new analysis of the common accretion-disk model explaining how planets form in a debris disk around our Sun uncovered a possible reason for Earth's comparative dryness. The study found that our planet formed from rocky debris in a... Read Post

Astronomers discover and 'weigh' infant solar system: Young star with rotating dust disk is youngest still-forming planetary system yet found

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (2 years ago)

A young star no more than 300,000 years old is surrounded by a disk of dust and gas rotating in the same manner as planets in our Solar System, making it the youngest such infant system yet found. Read Post


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