The recipe for rocky planets

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

It takes a certain kind of star to cook up each kind of planet. But you may be surprised at the recipe.

Young stars are surrounded by a rotating disk of gas and dust, from which its planets eventually form. It’s expected that the star’s chemical composition should then affect the compositions of the planets orbiting it.

It does, of course, but not always in the manner you would expect.

Cosmically interesting! Continue reading here.

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