Caught in the act: Planets spotted forming around tiny ancient stars give us new places to look for other worlds
Catching stars in the act of making planets is one of the best techniques we have for understanding how planets form.
When stars are young, they are often surrounded by a disk of gas and dust, from which the mass that makes planets clumps together.
These disks are often found around large stars, but now astronomers have found four examples of the disks around low mass objects, including three brown dwarf planet-star hybrids.
THE BROWN DWARF DISKS When stars are young, they are often surrounded by a disk of dust and gas that stretches for billions of miles, from which planets can be born.... read more
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