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Long-awaited review reveals journey of water from interstellar clouds to habitable worlds

Professor Ewine van Dishoeck, together with an international team of colleagues, has written an overview of everything we know about water in interstellar clouds thanks to the Herschel space observatory.

The article, published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, summarizes existing knowledge and provides new information about the origin of water on new, potentially habitable, worlds. The article is expected to serve as a reference work for the next twenty years.

Please go to the Leiden University website to read more about the overview

Ewine F. van Dishoeck et al. Water in star-forming regions: Physics and chemistry from clouds to disks as probed by Herschel spectroscopy. Accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2021.