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How do planets form around a star?

asked 2016-08-02 22:25:12 -0600

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How do planets form around a star?

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answered 2016-08-02 22:27:29 -0600

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updated 2016-08-02 22:30:55 -0600

First there is a disk of debris and dust around a star, which coalesces into planets and other objects in orbits around that star (or sun). The planets orbit the Sun in or near the same plane, called the ecliptic (because it is where eclipses occur).

A good video depicting this can be seen at:

http://www.spitzer.caltech....

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