Researchers Explain formation of Cosmic Dust

July 10, 2014 3:11 PM

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Researchers Explain formation of Cosmic Dust

Scientists studied a supernova called SN2010jl to unravel the mystery behind how grains of stellar material coalesce into planets and the complex chemistry behind all life-forms. The star died in 2010 and was 40 times the size of the sun.

A special spectrograph attached to the Very Large Telescope at Chile's Paranal Observatory helped the researchers observe the supernova. The scientists noticed that light was absorbed by the newly formed dust-grains immediately after the blast took place.

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