Dusty Baby Solar System Gives Clues On How Our Sun And Planets Grew Up

An artist's concept of gas giant planets in a dusty solar system, similar to how HD 95068 could look. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An artist’s concept of gas giant planets in a dusty solar system, similar to how HD 95068 could look. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This isn’t a clone of our Solar System, but it’s close enough. Scientists eagerly scrutinized a young star system called HD 95086 to learn more about how dust belts and giant planets grow up together. This is an important finding for our own neighborhood, where the gas giants of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are also wedged between dusty areas.

“By looking at other star systems like these, we can piece together how our own Solar System came to be,” stated lead author Kate Su, an associate astronomer at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

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