A new survey of complex nitrogen-bearing molecules in nearby protoplanetary disks reveals a surprisingly robust chemistry.
Radio observations of a nearby protoplanetary disk have revealed the discovery of a new molecule, formic acid, which is the first organic acid to be found in a planet-forming disk. The discovery of such biologically-relevant molecules can tell us something about questions related to the origins of life in other nascent planetary systems.
What does a disk around a binary star look like? One possibility, recently observed around a young star for the first time, is that it is flipped on its side—its rotation is perpendicular to the orbit of the binary system!
Turbulence plays a key role in determining what types of planets can form in a disk. We are finally on the verge of measuring this property for the first time using CO spectral lines, but it will only work if we factor in how quickly CO can be depleted.
My name is Protoplanetary Disk Mass. I am important for determining what types of planets can form, where they can form, and how quickly they can form. Signed Protoplanetary Disk Mass.