Press releases on the dust trap around Oph IRS 48

(published in Science magazine, June 7 2013)

Credit: ESO/L. Calçada


  • Science magazine: original article
  • Science magazine: Perspective by Phil Armitage
  • ALMA Allegro
  • ESO press release: ALMA discovers comet factory
  • NRAO press release: 'Dust Trap' around Distant Star May Solve Planet Formation Mystery
  • Nature research highlights: Trap holds protoplanet dust
  • New Scientist: Dust devils around stars may help planets grow
  • Strange Object Near Star May Create 'Comet Factory,' Study Suggests
  • Popular Mechanics: Space Dust Bunnies Could Unravel a Planetary Mystery
  • LA Times: 'Comet factory' discovered around young star, 400 light-years away
  • Science 2.0: Oph-IRS 48 Is A Comet 'Factory'
  • Astrobiology magazine: Star's 'Dust Trap' May Solve Planet Formation Mystery
  • Universe Today: ALMA and the comet factory
  • io9: This "comet factory" reveals first secrets of planetary formation
  • The Australian: Observatory discovers 'comet factory'
  • Huffington post: Planet Formation Theory Gets New Support From Observations Of 'Dust Trap' Comet Factories
  • Discovery: Mystery Feature Surrounds Star: It's a (Dust) Trap!
  • Daily Herald: Krispy Kreator
  • Christian Science monitor: Planets are basically gigantic cosmic dust bunnies, new study says
  • ALMA discovers comet factory
  • Sky and Telescope: Trapping Alien dust
  • UPI: Dust trap' around young star could be comet factory
  • Spacedaily: 'Dust trap' around distant star may solve planet formation mystery
  • Discovermagazine: “Dust Trap” Solves Mystery of Planet Formation
  • International Business Times: Dust Trap Surrounding Young Star Could Act As A 'Comet Factory'
  • Press release DIAS: A 'comet factory'
  • Silicon republic: Astronomers discover ‘comet factory’ that could explain how planets form
  • ALMA ontdekt kometenfabriek (Dutch)
  • NRC Handelsblad: Sterrenstof in de val (Dutch)
  • Kometenfabriek ontdekt bij ster (Dutch)
  • ALMA Blog: Een hinderlaag om jonge planeten te maken (Dutch)
  • Neue Zurcher Zeitung: Planeten wachsen in staubigen Kinderstuben (German)


  • RTL Nieuws (Dutch)
  • CTV Vancouver island
  • VPRO Labyrint Radio (Dutch)
  • Hoezo? Radio (Dutch)


  • First Science with ALMA, Puerto Varas, Chile (December 2012)
  • KNAW mini lecture, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (March 2013)
  • 2013 Rocks!, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA (April 2013)
  • ALMA mini-symposium Netherlands Space Society, Leiden, the Netherlands (May 2013)
  • IAUS 299: The origin of planetary systems, Victoria, Canada (June 2013) Talk on YouTube: