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Baby Solar System Found

09/10/2005 8:23 AM

Astronomers have found a star, just a million years old, surrounded by a protoplanetary disc. The star is about 1.05 times the size of the Sun and it is generally believed this early stage solar system mirrors what our own solar system might have looked like 4.5 billion years ago.

Interestingly, it seems a large swath has been cut from the dust disk that surronds the star, about the same distance as the planets Jupiter through Uranus in our own system. This is considered characteristic of a gas giant gathering material, but the relative youth of the system seems to bring into question the current models of solar system developement.

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