Latest Debris disk Stories
The dust-filled disks where new planets may be forming around other stars occasionally take on some difficult-to-understand shapes.
A team of French astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have discovered an object located very close to the star Beta Pictoris, and which apparently lies inside its disc.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star.
How many stars does it take to "raise" a planet? In our own solar system, it took only one -- our Sun. However, new research shows that planets might sometimes form in systems with as many as four stars.
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and W. M. Keck Observatory have found a lopsided debris disk around a young star known as HD 15115. As seen from Earth, the edge-on disk resembles a needle sticking out from the star.
New observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have begun to fill gaps in the early stages of planet birth.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, in collaboration with ground-based observatories, has provided definitive evidence for the existence of the nearest extrasolar planet to our solar system.
With the VISIR instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have mapped the disc around a star more massive than the Sun.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revealed not one but two dust disks circling the nearby star Beta Pictoris. This is evidence for the possibility of at least one Jupiter-size planet orbiting the star.
Scientists using NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, or FUSE, have discovered abundant amounts of carbon gas in a dusty disk surrounding a young star named Beta Pictoris.
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