Evolution of Planet-Forming Disks Depends on Mass

In a recent study published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MIPA) studied the demographics of an unprecedented large sample of planet-forming disks orbiting young stars. Astronomers study planet-forming disks and other planetary systems to understand our own Solar System and how it formed and evolved.

Until now, astronomers did not fully understand which properties of planet-forming disks dominated their evolution. By studying this large sample of planet-forming disks, the team was able to obtain statistically significant results that imply that planet-forming disks evolve in a similar manner. The new results indicate that the mass of material for forming planets (i.e., the mass of the planet-forming…

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