Nearby Star System Could Spawn Carbon-Rich Planets

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 7, 2006   View Article

An unexpectedly large amount of carbon—the basis of life as we know it—surrounds a young nearby star where astronomers believe rocky planets are forming, according to a new study.

Such an environment might spawn tar-covered, diamond-rich worlds and life-forms that consume oxygen-rich foods, one scientist speculates.

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