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Caught in the Act? Images may reveal planetary birth

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12:51pm, April 2, 2008

They might be planets.

Peering into disks of gas and dust that surround young stars, two teams of astronomers have for the first time imaged dusty clumps that could be planets in the making.

Material within the disks, ubiquitous around newborn stars, can coalesce into planets. It's uncertain whether the faint clumps seen in the new images are planets, heavier objects known as brown dwarfs, or just background objects that happen to lie in the same patch of sky.

The glare of starlight makes it difficul

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