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Press Release

Release No.: 2005-25For Release: Monday, July 18, 2005
Astronomers Debate Whether Oldest Known Dust Disk Will Ever Form Planets
protoplanetary disk
Astronomers were surprised to discover a 25-million-year-old protoplanetary disk around a pair of red dwarf stars 350 light-years away. Gravitational stirring by the binary star system (shown in this artist's conception) may have prevented planet formation.
Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)
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