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Analyzing sun-like stars that eat Earth-like planets

May 16, 2014

a spectrum taken of the Sun Vanderbilt University astronomers have developed a model that estimates the effect that ingesting large amounts of the rocky material from which "terrestrial" planets like Earth, Mars and Venus are made has on a star's chemical composition. The astronomers used the model to analyze a pair of twin stars which both have their own planets. Full Story

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Vanderbilt University

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