Planetary scientists find organic molecules in nascent star system

April 9, 2015 1:35 PM

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Planetary scientists find organic molecules in nascent star system

A study published in the journal Nature suggests planetary scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and other powerful telescopes have found evidence that organic molecules surround the MWC 480, a relatively young star that is twice the mass of Sun and existent some 455 light-years in the Taurus star-forming region.

“Studies of comets and asteroids show that the solar nebula that spawned our Sun and planets was rich in water and complex organic compounds,” said Karin Oberg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). “We now have evidence that this same chemistry exists elsewhere in the universe, i...

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