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January 8, 1999 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-03

Hubble Views of Dust Disks and Rings Surrounding Young Stars Yield Clues

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 8, 1999: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers their first views of a dust ring around the star HR 4796A and a dark gap dividing an immense dust disk around the star HD 141569. These images may provide important clues to possible planet formation.

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Image Credit (left): Alycia Weinberger, Eric Becklin (UCLA), Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona) and NASA

Image Credit (right): Brad Smith (University of Hawaii), Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona), and NASA