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'Death stars' in Orion blast planets before they even form


March 10, 2014

artist's concept shows two proplyds, or protostars A team of astronomers from Canada and the United States has used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to study the often deadly relationship between highly luminous O-type stars and nearby protostars in the Orion Nebula. Their data reveal that protostars within 0.1 light-years (about 600 billion miles) of an O-type star are doomed to have their cocoons of dust and gas stripped away in just a few millions years, much faster than planets are able to form. Full Story

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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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