Astronomers may have discovered key to birth of a solar system

01/2/2013 | Science News

Newborn stars may be feeding off tendrils of gas emitted by embryonic planets orbiting them, according to new observations described by astronomers in the journal Nature. Astronomers have been watching HD 142527, a star in the constellation Lupus, which they believe has a growing planet akin to Jupiter. The discovery of how a sun and its planets grow together may be the closest thing to learning how a solar system is created, said one astronomer.

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