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June 13, 2013 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-20

Hubble Uncovers Evidence for Extrasolar Planet Under Construction


Image: Comparison of TW Hydrae System and Solar System

Comparison of TW Hydrae System and Solar System

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This illustration shows that the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disk is much wider than the size of our solar system. In fact, the gap in the TW Hydrae disk produced by a suspected planet resides 7.5 billion miles from the star. At this distance, the putative planet would orbit far beyond our Kuiper Belt, a reservoir of icy, leftover material from the formation of our solar system.

Object Name: TW Hydrae

Image Type: Illustration

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


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