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Exocomets are raining down on Beta Pictoris

10 Sep 2019, 13:00 UTC
Exocomets are raining down on Beta Pictoris ESO/L. Calçada

In a recent article about the nearby young star Beta Pictoris, I wrote about a second exoplanet found orbiting the star. That's very exciting, because the system is only 65 light years away, making it easier to study than many others.

I also mentioned offhand that exocomets had been discovered there too: Literally, comets orbiting an alien star! Several have been discovered, but a paper came out in March 2019 that highlights one in particular, because the observations of it are just so lovely.

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