This release of energy may have ruffled the discs of dust that accumulate around young stars, astronomers said at a telephone news briefing.More details at Reuters
These discs hold the raw material for planets, and if any infant planets had been hiding in the encircling dust, the turbulence in the disk might have prevented them from being sucked in toward the star and destroyed.
X-rays from young stars protect baby planets
Posted on Wednesday, May 11 2005 @ 0:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Scientists report that violent X-rays of young stars might actually help baby planets to survive, this is especially the case for rocky world like our own Earth.