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Eat Up, Baby Star!

Babies
got to eat to grow big, and a baby star is no exception. Astronomers studying
a young star noticed that it is being fed a steady stream of gas from
nearby planets:

Astronomers observing the still-forming sun HD 142527, located about
450 light-years away, have found that it is being fed by two hidden
gas giant planets several times the mass of Jupiter. The planets, which
are also still forming, each live in and are obscured by their own river
of gas, which flows from a large, misshapen halo on the outer edge of
the system [...] The planets’ gravity draws gas from the halo, but much
of that gas overshoots them and hurtles across a vast gap toward the
star instead …

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January 3rd, 2013

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Stranger to the World

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