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Astronomers Find Embryonic Planet

June 11, 2008

HL Tau computer simulation Using radio observatories in the United Kingdom and the United States and computer simulations, a team of astronomers has identified the youngest forming planet yet seen. Taking advantage of a rare opportunity to use the Very Large Array (VLA) of radio telescopes in the United States--with the special addition of an extra telescope 50 kilometers away, the team studied the disk of gas and rocky particles around the star HL Tau. Full Story

University of St. Andrews

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