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.'Bizarre' disappearing space dust leaves astronomers stumped
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A team of astrophysicists has published a paper revealing that a huge disk of dust circling a star 450 light years from Earth has mysteriously disappeared. "Nothing like this has ever been seen in the many hundreds of stars that astronomers have studied for dust rings," marvelled Benjamin Zuckerman, a co-author on the paper and astrophysicist professor at UCLA. "It's as if the rings around Saturn had disappeared. This is even more shocking because the dusty disc of rocky debris was bigger and much more massive than Saturn's rings. The disc around this star, if it were in our solar system, would have extended from the Sun halfway out to Earth, near the orbit of Mercury." By: Liat Clark, Edited by: Nate Lanxon Continue reading... -
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