Nov 14, 2022

‘Polluted’ white dwarfs could unveil the secrets of how planetary systems are formed

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The idea that planets only develop when a star reaches its maximum size has been challenged by the observation that stars and planets “grow up” together.

Some of the oldest stars in the universe, the building blocks for planets like Jupiter and Saturn start to form when a young star is growing, suggests a new study published on Nov. 14 in the journal Nature Astronomy.

The recent findings indicate that stars and planets ‘grow up’ together, challenging a leading belief that planets only form once a star has reached its final size.

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