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HD 98800

This is a young quadruple system of orange stars, two orbiting narrow double-stars. Around the smaller pair B are two dust belts, which could be appropriate for forming planets. The outer belt with a distance of 5.9 AU to the pair probably consists of large chunks like asteroids and comets. The inner one with 1.5 - 2 AU distance in contrast is likely made of fine grains. Between these two there is a chance that an already finished planet could sit.

Constellation: Crater
Age: 10 million years
Distance: 152 light-years
Spectral class: K5Ve
Visual magnitude: 9.11
Space between HD 98800 A1/2 and B1/2: 50 AU

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07/26/2007

    HD 98800
Graphic: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)

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