SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Giant Star, Mars Aurorae, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Giant Star, Mars Aurorae, More
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November 21, 2008--What may be a planet has been spotted in the dusty disc surrounding the star Beta Pictoris.

Beta Pictoris is a well-known example of a star with a debris disc, which is made of dust formed by planetary and asteroid collisions.

A French team using the European Space Agency's Very Large Telescope discovered an objectlikely a large planetwithin the star's dust cloud. But more observations will be required to confirm the finding.
—Image by ESO/A.-M. Lagrange et al.
 
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