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Fraser
2006-Apr-22, 10:49 PM
SUMMARY: The disks of gas and dust that surround newborn stars are known as proto-planetary disks; which are thought to be regions where planets will eventually form. These disks disappear as the stars mature, but some stars can still be seen with a cloud of material around them called debris disks. One of the most famous of these is the disk surrounding Beta Pictoris, located only 60 light years away.

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antoniseb
2006-Apr-23, 01:00 AM
Beta Pic is pretty interesting, and every new generation of instruments will tell us more about it. I wonder how long it will be before we stat seeing changes as the planets form.