Image of a star in the constellation Taurus surrounded by a ring of dust.
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Hubble Images Possible Planet-Forming Systems
News story originally written on February 12, 1999
Scientists have used the Hubble Space Telescope to take images of
possible planet-forming regions. The images show disks of dust circling
different stars in the constellation Taurus. Scientists are interested
in looking at other planet-forming regions because they hope to learn
more about how our Solar System formed
We can only see the disks that are edge-on to us because they block the
star's light. Otherwise the star's light will overpower the light
reflected by the disks.
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