Friday, June 7, 2013

Comet Factory in Stellar System Oph-IRS 48

This artist’s impression shows the dust trap in the system Oph-IRS 48. The dust trap provides a safe haven for the tiny rocks in the disc, allowing them to clump together and grow to sizes that allow them to survive on their own.

Illustration credit: ESO/L. Calçada

Note: For more information, see ALMA Discovers Comet Factory.

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