Artwork showing the formation of the solar system

Artwork showing the formation of the solar system

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Credit: DAVID A. HARDY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artist's impression of the formation of the Solar System almost 5 billion years ago. The "protosun" is surrounded by rings of gas, in which swarmed planetesimals up to several kilometres across, from which the planets gradually accreted.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, formation, planet, planetary, planets, science, solar system

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