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Pasadena, Calif. — Photos of possible formation of new solar system released
Scientists released Monday the first photograph of what they say is a possible new solar system in the early stages of formation around the star Beta Pictoris, 293 trillion miles from our own sun. The photograph was taken from a 100-inch optical telescope at the Carnegie Institution's Las Campanas Observatory near Serena, Chile.
The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS), a satellite-born telescope that operated for 10 months after its launch into Earth orbit on Jan. 25, 1983, searched for and detected invisible infrared heat radiation screened out by Earth's atmosphere.