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Young World: NASA telescope reveals clues to newborn planet

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7:42am, June 2, 2004

Astronomers have found signs of what may be the youngest planet known, plus the first signs ever of organic compounds in a region of dust that could evolve into a planet-forming system.

By measuring infrared light, the Spitzer Space Telescope also located hundreds of newborn stars, some with potentially planet-forming dust. "The number of potential Earthlike planets in the galaxy is greater than we previously imagined," says Michael W. Werner of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

More sensitive than any previous infrared detector, Spitzer was launched in Aug

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