Exoplanets & Exomoons

Water Vapor Observed in Young Star System

By Keith Cowing
October 2, 2007

NAI Postdoctoral Fellow Elise Furlan from NAI’s UCLA Team is co-author on a new paper in Nature reporting the development of a protoplanetary disk. Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, observations were made of water vapor within the emerging system’s natal cloud. Lead author Dan Watson of the University of Rochester said, “For the first time, we are seeing water being delivered to the region where planets will most likely form.”

Source: NAI Newsletter

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