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Fraser
2005-Sep-16, 03:36 AM
SUMMARY: Astronomers from the University of Arizona have used a new technique called "nulling interferometry" to reveal the planetary disk around a newly-forming star. Incredibly, they discovered a gap in the disk, where a Jupiter-like planet is probably forming. This nulling technique works by combining the light from the central star in such a way that it gets canceled out. This allows fainter objects, such as dust and planets to be observed. The planet is likely several times the mass of Jupiter and orbits its star at about 1.5 billion kilometers.

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