Stars’ Chemistry Key to Their Planets’ Ability to Support Life

Born in a disc of gas and rubble, planets eventually come together as larger and larger pieces of dust and rock stick together. They may be hundreds of light-years away from us, but astronomers can nevertheless watch these planets as they form.

A recent article on Space.com (republished from Astrobiology Magazine) highlights a collaborative project detailed in the recent article “Complex organic molecules in protoplanetary disks.” Susanna Widicus Weaver and graduate student Jake Laas in the Widicus Weaver group are co-authors of the paper.

Be sure to check out the full text and the paper!