Planetary Nurseries and Dusty Discs

  • Will Gater
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


4.5 billion years ago the Sun was just a delicate stellar baby suspended in a blanket of gradually dissipating dust and gas. Enveloped in this dust and gas, around the young Sun, was a family of emerging planets including one we now call home. Travel yet further back in time, to the very beginnings of our Solar System, and we reach a time well before all the planets we know today had formed, when even the Sun was just a slightly dense region of a much greater nebula of swirling gas and interstellar dust. At this time, in this dark and no doubt gloomy corner of the cosmos, the light from the Sun would only be notable by its absence.


Solar System Radio Telescope Planetary System Hubble Space Telescope Young Star 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Will Gater
    • 1
  1. 1.DevonUK

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