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June 23, 2005

The Lidless Eye


New observations of a star suspected of harboring a planet provide the most convincing evidence yet of the young world’s existence.

Rather than spotting the planet, however, astronomers have photographed an odd-shaped ring of dust that surrounds the star. They assume that the unseen planet sculpted the arrangement.

The star, Fomalhaut, is the 17th brightest in our night sky and is easily found with the unaided eye and a sky chart. It is a relatively young star, still shrouded in the dust of its birth.

Posted by Anthony Perez-Miller at June 23, 2005 01:22 AM

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