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News Release 327 of 947

January 7, 2007 12:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-02

Hubble Observations Provide Insight into Planet Birth

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Image: Birth Ring of Debris Around AU Microscopii (AU Mic)

Birth Ring of Debris Around AU Microscopii (AU Mic)STScI-PRC2007-02b Artist's Concept

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This is an artist's concept of the birth ring of debris encircling the 12-million-year-old star AU Microscopii. Porous, snowball-sized bodies collide within the birth ring. Stellar winds disperse dust grains away from the star beyond the birth ring to the outer debris disk.

Object Names: AU Microscopii, AU Mic, GJ 803, HD197481

Image Type: Illustration/Artwork

Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

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