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dyingStarSolarSystem
07/22/09

 

A giant star (on the left) roughly six times the mass of the sun dying nearby the young sun (on the right). The gas ejected by the dying stars (red material in the picture) reach the protoplanetary disk and enrich it in radioactive nuclei synthesised in the giant star.
Credit: Gabriel Perez Diaz (Multimedia Service of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands)



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