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February 20, 2011

Back to the Roots of the Solar System

Last week in class we learned how planets form. We learned that they form in large disks of dust and gas. Also, we learned from the first exam that we are all "star stuff" and everything has originate from stars. This article talks about how "astronomers have been able to obtain detailed images of the protoplanetary disks of two stars using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii". These images are the closest and clearest that scientists have gathered thus far in history. This is exciting because these images are just another stepping stone to the gaining of new knowledge.

Read the full article at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110218083610.htm

Posted by melmccor at February 20, 2011 08:49 PM


This is indeed very exciting news, and it goes to show how much potential information there is out there in space. As we can all see from all the articles posted on this blog, new information about our solar system literally comes daily. In time we will be able to explain all of the mysteries of space.

Posted by: scottymg at February 20, 2011 11:51 PM

This is a very good example of a view of a forming Solar System in its infancy. As you know, astronomers cannot create "laboratory Solar Systems", so observations like this form our datasets with which we use to understand something as complicated as solar system formation.

Posted by: christoq at February 21, 2011 10:29 AM

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