Comets collide around young star

Carbon monoxide clumps released from comet debris around Beta Pictoris

By Christopher Crockett, 14:03 PM March 6, 2014

Unseen planets may be smashing comets together around a nearby star. Astronomers have found a massive blob of carbon monoxide floating around the star Beta Pictoris, 51 light-years from Earth. The gas, most likely released from comet collisions, may help reveal the chemical makeup of other solar systems and find hidden worlds.

Beta Pictoris is already a star of firsts. Thirty years ago, it gave astronomers their first picture of a debris disk around a young star. More recently, Beta Pictoris b...

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