Behemoth star destroys potential solar systems

A blue giant in the Orion Nebula is blowing away dust clouds around nearby stars

By Christopher Crockett, 15:39 PM March 13, 2014

A massive star in the Orion Nebula is obliterating some planet nurseries while sparing others. Measurements of the dust swirling around Orion’s young stars reveal a zone of destruction near the massive star, one of the brightest in the nebula. Yet despite the carnage, many more planet-building disks survive in the harsh environment near the bright star than expected, a finding that could help researchers determine where solar systems can thrive in our galaxy.

The Orion Nebula, about 1,300 ligh...

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