Pluto-sized Objects Create Dust around Adolescent Star

December 12, 2014 12:16 PM

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Pluto-sized Objects Create Dust around Adolescent Star

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) may have detected the dusty hallmarks of an entire family of Pluto-size objects swarming around an adolescent version of our own Sun.

By making detailed observations of the protoplanetary disk surrounding the star known as HD 107146, the astronomers detected an unexpected increase in the concentration of millimeter-size dust grains in the disk's outer reaches. This surprising increase, which begins remarkably far — about 13 billio...

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