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Cosmic 'hamburger' gives scientists a rare view of a newborn solar system

It could help us learn more about how stars and planets form
illustration of the protostellar disk of HH212

Lee et al.

A new image of a developing solar system is helping scientists to learn more about how stars and planets form. This is an illustration of the system, named HH212.

Astronomers theorize that stars and their planets are born when a spinning disk of gas and dust collapses in on itself. But these disks have

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