Planetary formation

Planetary formation

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Caption: Planetary formation. Artwork of a protoplanet forming from a planetary disc. It is thought that the Sun and the planets formed from a cloud of gas and dust around 4. 6 billion years ago. Gravitational condensation of this cloud (or nebula) formed a protostar (upper right) which has ignited under its own weight. The remaining material formed a rotating disc around this newly- formed Sun. The same process on a smaller scale led to the formation of the planets. This disc (lower centre) will probably form into satellites or rings around the gas giant forming at its centre.

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Keywords: accretion, artwork, astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, early, formation, gas giant, illustration, nebular hypothesis, planet, planetary, planets, primordial, protoplanet, science, solar system, space, sun, universe

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