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
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