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Origin of cosmic dust discovered

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Starlyte

UK astronomers say they have unlocked one of the Universe's oldest secrets - the origin of cosmic dust.

Cardiff University and Royal Observatory Edinburgh scientists found that some stars throw out huge quantities of this dust when they explode.

These explosions could be responsible for the Universe's first ever solid particles, they say in the journal Nature.

The scientists used the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii to make their discovery.

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Good article, Starlyte!

This is interesting subject - dust in space and dust on Earth. Terrestrial mineral dust, produced by wind erosion over arid areas is one of the major components of the natural atmospheric aerosol. It has great impact on the Earth's radiation budget and is related to severe health issues in Asia, bacause it's usually coated with pollutants.

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