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This is an image of star HR 4796 in the constellation Centaurus. Two infrared wavelengths have been represented as light blue and red to make this picture. The disk of dust which is believed to have formed planets is seen in red here.
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WARNING! Planet Construction Zone Ahead!
News story originally written on April 27, 1998

Astronomers have found what appears to be another solar system! Astronomers used the Keck II telescope in Hawaii to take pictures of a star called HR 4796 in the constellation Centaurus. In the pictures, this star looks like it could have planets forming around it.

The HR 4796 star is 220 light years away from Earth. So there will be no visiting this other solar system any time soon! Scientists will keep researching this star because of this exciting discovery.

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