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Studying radioactive aluminum in stellar systems unlocks formation secrets
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Studying radioactive aluminum in stellar systems unlocks formation secrets

Published: July 29, 2020  |  4 min read, 797 words
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July 29, 2020by Rebecca Johnson,An international team of astronomers including Stella Offner of the University of Texas at Austin has proposed a new method for the formation of aluminum-26 in star systems that are forming planets. Because its radioactive decay is thought to provide a heat source for the building blocks of planets, called planetesimals, it's important for astronomers to know where aluminum-26 comes from. Their research is published in the current issue of The Astrophysical Journal."Atoms like aluminum and its radioactive isotope aluminum-26 allow us to perform solar system... READ MORE
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