Dissappearance of planet-forming disk (Image 1)

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12/22/2017 12:12 PM EST

Dusty system TYC 8241 2652 as it may have lookedn emitting large amounts of excess infrared radiation

Artist’s conception of the dusty system TYC 8241 2652 as it may have looked several years ago, when it was emitting large amounts of excess infrared radiation. The dusty disk of rocky debris around a nearby star has seemingly disappeared without explanation. [See related image

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