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Hints of a Nearby Solar System?

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 152-153
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.152b

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A ring of dust, probably kicked up by a swarm of comets, has been spotted around Epsilon Eridani, the nearest sunlike star, just 10 light-years away. The appearance of the dust ring also suggests that planets are orbiting nearby. The discovery was announced this week at the Protostars and Planets Conference in Santa Barbara, California.