View Full Version : Evidence for Planets Around a Young Star

2005-Sep-12, 07:20 AM
SUMMARY: An astronomer from the University of Hawaii has captured a detailed image of a dust disk around a new star; structures in the disk show evidence of planets. The photo is of a star called AU Microscopii, which is 33 light-years away, and the closest known star with a visible disk of dust. Dr. Michael Liu used the infrared capabilities of the giant twin 10 metre (33 feet) telescopes of the Keck Observatory, and saw clumps in the stellar disk; it should be smooth and featureless if there weren't any planets.

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