Star formation theories challenged by new telescope discovery

November 20, 2014 9:42 PM

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SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Theories about how massive stars are born could be revised after astronomers in Chile found evidence that the dust and gas surrounding a young star could survive bombardment by the star's own radiation.

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, observed a young star in the constellation of Scorpius that has a mass about 15 times greater than that of the Sun.

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