Hatching planets

A Hubble Space Telescope view of a small portion of the Orion Nebula reveals five young stars. Four of the stars are surrounded by gas and dust trapped as the stars formed, but were left in orbit about the star. These are possibly protoplanetary disks, or 'proplyds',  that might evolve on to agglomerate planets.


C.R. O'Dell/Rice University/NASA/ESA

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