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Thread: Two Dust Disks Around Beta Pictoris

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    Post Two Dust Disks Around Beta Pictoris

    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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    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.
    Forming opinions as we speak

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