This is our best look yet at how young stars stifle planetary formation

Stars like the Sun are highly energetic bodies capable of blasting away the atmospheres of planets in their orbits before life has a chance to take hold, and a new study of a cluster of particularly young stars has given us an even better understanding of how this process occurs.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory undertook the most thorough study of magnetically active stars ever conducted to see how the activity of these young stars can affect planet formation in their accretion disks, the mass around young stars that supplies the material they need to develop planetary bodies.

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