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Shift to Ultraviolet-Driven Chemistry in Planet-Forming Disks Marks Beginning of Late-Stage Planet Formation

January 10, 2023

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5-15 mins
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Presented by Michigan News

Planetary formation has long been a topic of fascination for researchers as they attempt to understand the composition of a newly forming planet based on the dust and gas from which it will form. Researchers from the University of Michigan Department of Astronomy found evidence that suggests that late-stage planet development is fueled not by cosmic or x-rays but by ultraviolet rays. This information would allow researchers to understand the protoplanetary disc of a given exoplanet.

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