by Rachel L. Smith
Originally posted on Research & Collections:
Soon I will be leaving the Earth-based realities of the Nature Research Center to observe massive forming stars beyond the Solar System, part of my research in exploring the chemistry of forming solar systems — environments much like our own Solar System was about 4.6 billion years ago.
An example of a stellar nursery is the Orion Nebula, a small fuzzy patch within the “sword” of the Orion constellation, but to astronomers a brilliant region of star and solar system formation. Some of the forming stars in my study come from within this nebula.
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