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Orion rocks! Pebble-size particles may jump-start planet formation
August 27, 2014
Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles--planetary building blocks 100 to 1,000 times larger than the dust grains typically found around protostars.
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