Mar 2, 2024

A baby star’s planet-forming disk has 3 times more water than all of Earth’s oceans

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The team behind the breakthrough used the Atacama Large Millimeter/ submillimeter Array (ALMA) to zoom in on water vapor locked up in gas and dust within a protoplanetary disk surrounding the sun-like star HL Tauri, located 450 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Taurus.

“I had never imagined that we could capture an image of oceans of water vapor in the same region where a planet is likely forming,” Stefano Facchini research leader and an astronomer at the University of Milan, said in a statement. “Our results show how the presence of water may influence the development of a planetary system, just like it did some 4.5 billion years ago in our own solar system.”


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  1. Natrale says:

    WOW! Three times more water than Earth! This means that if one is the planets coalesces in the habitable, goldilock zone, that planet is likely to become a water-world, a planet covered in one global ocean with very little if any dry land.

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