A Dusty Birthplace

Evidence of separate bands of dust suggests the presence of a planet orbiting a young star.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM October 8, 2004

Outer space is a messy place. Besides all the asteroids, comets, and planets floating around, disks of dust particles surround many young stars.

 

A recent analysis is revealing new information about one particularly famous dust disk. This disk hovers around a star called Beta Pictoris. The research points to a possible planet orbiting the star, plus a collection of asteroids and comets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An artist illustrates what a possible planet (upper left) might look like when flanked by bands of dust within the disk surrounding the star Beta Pictoris (upper right).

 

An artist illustrates what a possible planet (upper left) might look like when flanked by bands...

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