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October 9, 2006 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-32

Hubble Observations Confirm that Planets Form from Disks Around Stars

October 9, 2006: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, in collaboration with ground-based observations, has provided definitive evidence for the existence of the nearest extrasolar planet to our solar system. The Jupiter-sized world orbits the Sun-like star Epsilon Eridani, which is only 10.5 light-years away. The results are being presented today at the 38th Annual Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting in Pasadena, Calif. and will appear in the November issue of the Astronomical Journal. This is an artist's concept of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star Epsilon Eridani.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and G.F. Benedict (University of Texas, Austin)

Artwork Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STScI)