Herschel telescope unveils icy debris ringing sunlike stars

New images may reveal analogues of the solar system's frozen Kuiper belt

6:10pm, May 20, 2010

A flying observatory has taken the first ultrasharp images of rings of cold debris around sunlike stars. The doughnut-shaped rings appear to be extrasolar analogues of the Kuiper belt, the outer solar system’s reservoir of comets and other frozen bodies.

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