Hubble Photo Of Beta Pictoris Offers Insight On Birth Of Planets

February 22, 2015 4:36 AM

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Beta Pictoris is a star in the process of forming planets and stars, but what previously-unseen phenomenon did Hubble see there?(Photo : Hubble Site / NASA / ESA / D. Apai and G. Schneider (University of Arizona))

Beta Pictoris is a 20-million-year-old star, surrounded by a cloud of gas and dust, and at least one planet, discovered by astronomers in 2009. This exoplanet orbits the star once every 18 to 20 Earth years, and was the first world discovered within such a cloud.

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