This Star Is Surrounded By Swarms Of Pluto-Like Objects

December 12, 2014 3:21 PM

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This Star Is Surrounded By Swarms Of Pluto-Like Objects

Astronomers have captured a remarkable image of a young star surrounded by a deep layer of dust — a layer that's thicker on the outside than it is on the inside, suggesting the presence of an entire family of Pluto-like objects.

The system, called HD 107146, is located approximately 90 light-years from Earth. At 100 million years old, it's a relative newcomer to the galaxy — about 2% the age of our sun. The system is still in the midst of consolidating its massive debris field into planetary bodies, but it has progressed be...

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