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Massive Stars Are Factories for Ingredients to Life

8 Oct 2020, 14:00 UTC
Massive Stars Are Factories for Ingredients to Life NASA/SOFIA

NASA’s telescope on an airplane, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, has provided a new glimpse of the chemistry in the inner region surrounding massive young stars where future planets could begin to form. It found massive quantities of water and organic molecules in these swirling, disk-shaped clouds, offering new insights into how some of the key ingredients of life get incorporated into planets during the earliest stages of formation.

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