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2006-Jun-27, 08:12 PM
Detailed photographs of nearby star Beta Pictoris by the Hubble Space Telescope show that it's circled by two disks of dust. Astronomers believe that a planet with the mass of Jupiter is using its gravity to sweep up material from the primary disk. Additional material is attracted to the planet, and is shaped into a second disk. The dust disk was first discovered by ground telescopes in 1984, and then seen by Hubble in 1995.

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2006-Jun-28, 11:32 AM
Lots of planet forming sotries this week. Beta Pic, Epsilon Eridani, they are forming everywhere. Lot's of opportunity for study. Let's build more giant telescopes.