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NASA’s TESS, Spitzer Missions Discover a World Orbiting a Unique Young Star

24 Jun 2020, 15:00 UTC
NASA’s TESS, Spitzer Missions Discover a World Orbiting a Unique Young Star NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

For more than a decade, astronomers have searched for planets orbiting AU Microscopii, a nearby star still surrounded by a disk of debris left over from its formation. Now scientists using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope report the discovery of a planet about as large as Neptune that circles the young star in just over a week. 

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