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Nearby Star Could Host a Baby Solar System

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the discovered-spamming-facebook-feed-with-baby-pictures dept.

Space 24

astroengine writes "With the help of Europe's Herschel Space Observatory and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, a team of astronomers have made a lucky discovery about TW Hydrae, the nearest star to the solar system that plays host to a protoplanetary disk. Not only have they gained a more precise estimate of the mass of the material inside the protoplanetary disk, they've also found that it may produce a system of worlds similar to that of the solar system. TW Hydrae may look like the solar system did over 4 billion years ago (abstract). Interestingly, TW Hydrae is also a star that would normally be considered too mature to host a protoplanetary disk. "If there's no chance your project can fail, you're probably not doing very interesting science. TW Hydrae is a good example of how a calculated scientific gamble can pay off," said Thomas Henning, of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg."

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24 comments

Could Host (0)

frovingslosh (582462) | about a year and a half ago | (#42741771)

Could Host a Baby Solar System

Could Host? Oh wow!

Re:Could Host (2)

crypticedge (1335931) | about a year and a half ago | (#42741797)

I think it means it could form a baby solar system, because it contains to materials and mass required for it to start to form. Remember, our universe is still forming new stars even to this day, planets may also be forming, and if we can (over an extremely long period of time) watch that happen, that would be amazing.

Ob (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about a year and a half ago | (#42741879)

How is babby sollar system formed?

Re:Ob (2)

scuzzlebutt (517123) | about a year and a half ago | (#42742041)

How Sol get pragnet?

Re:Ob (2)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about a year and a half ago | (#42744551)

Obviously we need to ready a ship full of DNA, yet contain our excitement so that the load does not arrive prematurely...

Re:Ob (1)

Westwood0720 (2688917) | about a year and a half ago | (#42754493)

How Sol get pragnet?

Jesus. Its been, what, ten years since I've played Diablo II and I still get reminded of the Runewords.

Re:Could Host (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42742167)

Agree. They strung together a lot of mays, mighta's, and coulda's. And implying that it might look like the infant solar system implies that you know what the infant solar system looked like.

Tie it together with the fact they just "happened" to pick the system with a disc closest to Sol, and the whole thing smacks of sensationalism and a ploy for media attention.

Nothing to see here, move along citizens.

Re: Could Host (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42744321)

No. You just have no clue about science. If a scientist is 99% sure he still says "probably" or "could". Why? Cause he is not 99.99999% sure. (Sigma 5)

This is exciting. (3, Insightful)

Sheetrock (152993) | about a year and a half ago | (#42741791)

Typically, you only get one of these around a newly formed star, a T Tauri star, or Herbig Ae/Be star. This discovery really broadens the scope for the types of stars that could yield solar systems like our own, and maybe in turn, the likelihood for finding some sort of extraterrestrial life.

Re:This is exciting. (4, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year and a half ago | (#42741943)

This stuff always amazes me. About 20 years ago when I hung out with astrophysics geeks, we were just on the cusp of being able to be in a position to start identifying exoplanets.

Now we find them all over the place, surrounding stars we never thought would be able to have them. Hell, I think the estimates for the number of planets which would exist was vastly smaller than what we know now.

The universe is far more vast and complex than we've ever guessed ... and we just keep finding new stuff. And that's friggin' awesome.

Re:This is exciting. (1)

steelfood (895457) | about a year and a half ago | (#42743151)

The world is a big enough place. The universe is substantially bigger.

No. Awesome was lost... (2)

Grog6 (85859) | about a year and a half ago | (#42745765)

Nixon was the last president to balance a budget until Clinton.

He did it by cancelling the rest of the Apollo program, and converting it into a clusterfuck called Skylab.

I remember Apollo being the highpoint; it's been downhill since.

Imagine if We'd spent the several Trillion dollars we wasted on Afghanistan and Iraq on a Space Program instead.

That would have been awesome.

There's only one solar system... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42741839)

And its the one with the star Sol.

There's a lot of planetary systems, though.

Re:There's only one solar system... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42741985)

Anyone who refers to the fucking SUN as Sol is a total and utter ponce.

And Pluto is totally a planet. If you deny it I'll have to ask you to step outside.

Re:There's only one solar system... (2)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year and a half ago | (#42742087)

And what losers call our planet Earth? It's DIRT get it right!

God, you people......

Baby Shower? (3, Funny)

envelope (317893) | about a year and a half ago | (#42742029)

Whats an appropriate gift for a baby solar system shower?

Re:Baby Shower? (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year and a half ago | (#42742119)

Sun flares and Roman candles!

Re:Baby Shower? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42744029)

Whats an appropriate gift for a baby solar system shower?

Water!

Re:Baby Shower? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42747289)

Awww... how CUTE!!! A little tiny BABY solar system! I just want to pinch it's widdle cheeks! Oh it's so ADORABLE!!! Look, it just burped a solar flare and threw a few billion tons of charged particles into space! That's so precious!

Finally science can answer the age old question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42742539)

How is babby formed?

Nuke it now (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year and a half ago | (#42742683)

Before we've got to deal with insurgent aliens in the future.

Why we shouldn't go there (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42743549)

Because only a fool would fly IN to an asteroid belt.

OMG-Grammar Police (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42743671)

"...team... has..."

Nearest star? (0)

mk_is_here (912747) | about a year and a half ago | (#42744591)

No, it's the nearest T Tauri type star (according to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] ). The nearest star to Sol should be Proxima Centauri IIRC.

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