Friday, October 21, 2011 at 1:13PM
Drew Wolfe

Nearby planet-forming disk holds water for thousands of oceans

"Water is an essential ingredient for life. Scientists have found thousands of Earth-oceans' worth of it within the planet-forming disk surrounding the star TW Hydrae. TW Hydrae is 176 light years away in the constellation Hydra and is the closest solar-system-to-be."

"University of Michigan astronomy professor Ted Bergin is a co-author of a paper on the findings published in the Oct. 21 edition of Science."

"The researchers used the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI) on the orbiting Hershel to detect the of water."

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