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Crushed comets give star a dusty belt

Two thousand comets a day collide around nearby star Fomalhaut creating a continually replenished dust belt in the outskirts of the star’s system, according to a new paper recently published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Fomalhaut is a young star. It is twice as massive as the sun and sits 25 light years away [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Dance of the Exoplanets

Fomalhaut and Fomalhaut b (inset) Hubble imagery (Credit:  NASA, ESA, and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley and SETI Institute))

It’s been an exciting few days for exoplanetary science. A slew of refined statistical measurements of the abundance of other worlds have made it clearer than ever that our galaxy is crammed with planets. One in six stars should host at least one Earth-sized object in an orbit smaller than that of Mercury, implying that [...]

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