Protoplanetary system MWC 480 show signs of complex organic molecules.
Located approx 455 Light years away in the star forming region in Taurus a star has been found which scientists say is twice the mass of our home star and is surrounded by a disc of gas, dust and material which is in the very early stages of a system evolution.
Stars are formed when cold dust and gas collapses, the point where it collapses becomes dense and hot and if the conditions are right a young star is formed. MWC 480 is such a system; the young protostar is surrounded by this dust and gas cloud. A team of astronomers led by Dr Karin Öberg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge has detected molecules in the outer reaches of the disc formation.
It has been known for some time that cold interstellar clouds are factories of complex…
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