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January 3 2013

Young stars and planets grow up together

Astronomers have shed further light on the mysterious process of how young stars and their planetary systems form.

The ALMA telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile, is helping scientists to unlock new mysteries about how solar systems form. Astronomers using ALMA have been observing the formation of a young star and its planets around 450 million light years away.

While it is understood how the young planets grow at this time, pulling in matter from the giant dust clouds which surround them, until now scientists have not known how the young star also continues to grow at this time.

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