Violent Star Explosion Reveals Origins of Space Dust

July 10, 2014 10:32 AM

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Violent Star Explosion Reveals Origins of Space Dust

This artist's impression shows the dust forming around a supernova after the explosive death of a star. Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope have found that dust grains form in a two-stage process.

A violent supernova in a distant galaxy has helped scientists solve a long-standing mystery into the birth of cosmic dust in the universe.

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