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A planet is born

  • KAREN L. TERAMURA / UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY
    Karen L. Teramura / University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy An artist's rendering shows a new planet forming around a star in the constellation Taurus. Researchers used Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea to find the planet.
  • COURTESY KRAUS AND IRELAND 2011
    Courtesy Kraus and Ireland 2011 This image shows the protoplanet about 450 million light years from Earth. The blue shading is the planet, while the red shading shows the surrounding gas and dust. The star marks the location of the host star, which cannot be seen here.

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