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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a dusty star system being soaked with a "steamy rain" of water vapor.
The water, pulled from gassy stellar leftovers into a dusty disk, provides what astronomers think is the first direct look at how the life-giving liquid makes its way into planets. The disk is the same sort of thing that forms around many stars and, in the case of our sun, was the seedbed for planet formation.