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Winking Star Unveils Planetary Birthplace

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Science  28 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5577, pp. 2313-2314
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5577.2313a

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Summary

A group of astronomers has stumbled on a newborn star whose protoplanetary disk has fortuitously set up a monitor of its own innermost workings. By simply measuring the star's brightness, researchers are seeing how a protoplanetary disk works. It's the closest, most detailed look at the cauldron of planet formation anyone is ever likely to have.