(ORDO NEWS) — The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an image of the dust disk around the star AU Microscope taken by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The object consists of the remains of failed planets.
AU Microscope is a red dwarf located at a distance of 32 light years from Earth. According to astronomers, the age of the star is 23 million years, that is, the star is very young, although this time was enough for the star to acquire exoplanets. At the moment, astronomers have managed to find two planets in its system.
However, it was not the exoplanets that attracted the attention of astronomers, but the dust disk surrounding the AU Microscope, consisting of fragments of planetesimals, which in the future may give rise to full-fledged exoplanets.
The study of such objects will help reveal the details of the formation of exoplanets.
At the moment, scientists have established that the diameter of the disk is 60 astronomical units (or about 8.5 billion kilometers).
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