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Solar System Formation

'Captain, There Be Planets Here!'

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 01.21.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

About 450 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Taurus, a dense, dark, interstellar cloud has slowly started to reveal its secrets. The addition of new high-resolution data like that for the star HL Tau is at long last allowing astronomers to see the hidden details of planet and disk formation and, from this, create the next-generation physics-based models for how planets form.

WATCH: This Is Why The Solar System Is Flat

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

From galaxies to Saturn's rings to our solar system, many celestial objects are flat-out flat. But do you ever wonder why that is -- especially when w...

Alien World May Hold Clues To How Our Solar System Formed

Posted 03.16.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 03/14/2013 02:08 PM EDT on The glowing atmosphere of a strangely giant alien world could help solve myste...