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Astronomers Discover and "Weigh" Infant Solar System

05/12/2012

Astronomers Discover and "Weigh" Infant Solar System

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • Astronomers have found the youngest still-forming solar system yet seen, an infant star surrounded by a swirling disk of dust and gas more than 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.

    The star currently has about one-fifth the mass of the Sun, but, the scientists say, will likely pull in material from its surroundings to eventually match the Sun's mass. The disk surrounding the young star contains at least enough mass to make seven Jupiters, the largest planet in our Solar System.

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