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Beta Pictoris, the second brightest star in the constellation Pictor, may not be alone. The Hubble Telescope has taken photos around Beta Pictoris showing two dust disks circling around it. The photos, taken in 2006 by the Hubble's Advanced Camera, shows evidence of the possible existence of a planet. The size of this potential planet is speculated to be much larger than Jupiter. NASA theorizes that a planet 20 times the size of Jupiter is causing the creations of these disks by sweeping out material while it orbits Beta Pictoris.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|