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Taiwanese research sheds light on planet formation
National Tsing Hua University professor Lai Shih-ping (right). (Photo courtesy of Lai Shih-ping)
Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) A multinational research led by a Taiwanese scholar has found evidence of how planets formed in the early stages of the solar system, which could lead to more hypotheses to explain how life on earth emerged.
Lai Shih-ping, a professor at National Tsing Hua University, said their study of protoplanetary disk — a plate-like field upon which planets are formed — proves that such a structure could develop relatively early after a star is born.
Previous studies indicate that planets could form over millions to tens of millions of years after the birth of a star, but Lai\’s research shows that the period could be less than 1 million years.
The findings, published in the latest issue of scientific journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, could introduce more possibilities on life formation on earth or other planets, Lai said.