Hubble surveys debris-strewn exoplanetary construction yards

November 7, 2014 7:20 PM

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Hubble surveys debris-strewn exoplanetary construction yards

These dusty disks were imaged around stars as young as 10 million years old and as mature as more than 1 billion years old.

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have completed the largest and most sensitive visible-light imaging survey of dusty debris disks around other stars. These dusty disks, likely created by collisions between leftover objects from planet formation, were imaged around stars as young as 10...

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