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CfA Scientists Discover Mysterious Spiral Structures around a "Planet Factory"

3 Aug 2020, 15:05 UTC
CfA Scientists Discover Mysterious Spiral Structures around a ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), J. Huang and S. Andrews; NRAO/AUI/NSF, S. Dagnello

Scientists at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) announced today the discovery of a complex set of spiral arms extending to 1000 astronomical units from the young variable star, RU Lup. The discovery, published in The Astrophysical Journal, reveals new details concerning the size and structure of "planet factories," the protoplanetary disks of gas and dust surrounding stars where planets are born.

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