Analyzing the ups and downs of planet factories

Planets, asteroids and comets are assembled inside mysterious gaseous structures called protoplanetary disks, which form around a newborn star (see Figure 1 below). The gas in these disks is turbulent due to a combination of magnetic, chemical and kinematic effects, and this turbulence is the driving agent behind a disk’s evolution. The stronger the turbulence,Continue reading “Analyzing the ups and downs of planet factories”