New observations with the Submillimeter Array on Hawaii's Mauna Kea reveal that despite their bombardment, the disks in Orion have enough material-the equivalent of 10 to 20 Jupiters--to form planets.
Since most sunlike stars in the Milky Way form in severe environments similar to that of Orion, the finding suggests that planets could coalesce around many such stars in the galaxy, says David Wilner of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. He and his colleagues describe their study of the Orion nebula's protoplanetary disks in an upcoming Astrophysical Journal.--R.C.
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|Title Annotation:||Orion nebula observations|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 30, 2005|
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