Orion death stars destroy planets before they even have a chance to form according new research by astronomers.
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, known as ALMA, astronomers from the United States and Canada studied the volatile relationship between O-type stars and protostars in the Orion Nebula. According to National Research Council of Canada astronomer Rita Mann:
“O-type stars, which are really monsters compared to our Sun, emit tremendous amounts of ultraviolet radiation and this can play havoc during the development of young planetary systems,. Using ALMA, we looked at dozens of embryonic stars with planet-forming potential and, for the first time, found clear indications where protoplanetary disks simply vanished under the intense glow of a neighboring massive star.
Taken together, our investigations with ALMA suggest that extreme UV regions are not just inhospitable, but they’re downright hazardous for planet formation. With enough distance, however, it’s possible to find a much more congenial environment. This work is really the tip of the iceberg of what will come out of ALMA; we hope to eventually learn how common solar systems like our own are.”
The new research indicates that the massive and short-lived stars in the interstellar clouds which need dust and heavy elements that come from supernova explosions risk killing off planets in an embryonic solar system.
Orion Death Stars Kill Off Planets Before They Can Form.