New link found between water and planet formation | ESOcast Light

Researchers have found water vapour in the disc around a young star exactly where planets may be forming. Water is a key ingredient for life on Earth, and is also thought to play a significant role in planet formation. Yet, until now, we had never been able to map how water is distributed in a stable, cool disc — the type of disc that offers the most favourable conditions for planets to form around stars. The new findings were made possible thanks to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a partner. This video summarises the discovery. For more details, check the corresponding press release.



Directed by: Angelos Tsaousis and Martin Wallner.
Editing: Angelos Tsaousis and Luis Calçada.
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida
Written by: Pamela Freeman and Tom Howarth.
Music: Stellardrone — The Earth is Blue.
Footage and photos: ESO/L. Calçada, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/S. Facchini et al., A. Tsaousis, C. Malin (, B. Tafreshi, General Dynamics C4 Systems.  
Scientific consultant: Paola Amico, Mariya Lyubenova.


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Release date:29 February 2024, 11:00
Related releases:eso2404
Duration:01 m 29 s
Frame rate:25 fps

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