The astrophysical environment of the solar birthplace

  title={The astrophysical environment of the solar birthplace},
  author={Jonathan P. Williams},
  journal={Contemporary Physics},
  pages={381 - 396}
Our Sun, like all stars, formed within a cold molecular cloud. Astronomical observations and theory provide considerable detail into this process. Yet cosmochemical observations of short-lived radionuclides in primitive meteorites, in particular 60Fe, provide unequivocal evidence that the early solar system inherited fresh nucleosynthetic material from the core of a hot, massive star, almost certainly ejected in a supernova explosion. I give a short introduction to the fields of star formation… 
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