Dissappearance of planet-forming disk (Image 2)

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12/22/2017 12:12 PM EST

The dusty TYC 8241 2652 system as it may look now

Artist’s conceptualization showing what the dusty TYC 8241 2652 system may look like now based on observations by the Gemini Observatory and other ground- and space-based observatories. The dusty disk of rocky debris around a nearby star has seemingly disappeared without explanation. [See related …

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