Astronomy: discover 30 exocomets in the star system Beta Pictoris

Astronomers have discovered 30 comets in one fell swoop in the Beta Pictoris star system, about 63 light-years from Earth. The outer comets are said to be about the same size as the comets in our solar system – an indication that similar processes are at work in forming comets. This team, led by Alain Lecavelier des Etangs from the Sorbonne University in Paris, writes In “Science Reports” .

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