Carbon monoxide lost in planetary nurseries can be frozen in ice

A new study has revealed that carbon monoxide lost from the thick clouds of gas and dust in which planets form around newly born stars may be hiding in large chunks of invisible ice.

For decades, astronomers have been studying protoplanetary discsslender nebulae orbiting the planet starsFind carbon monoxide. This gas, highly toxic to humans, plays an important role in modeling the formation of planets. Its bright color helps astronomers create models of protoplanetary disks and understand what goes on inside them.

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