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June 13, 1994 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-24

Hubble Confirms Abundance of Protoplanetary Disks around Newborn Stars

June 13, 1994: Astronomers using the Hubble telescope have uncovered the strongest evidence yet that the planet-making process is common in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Observations clearly reveal that great disks of dust — the raw material for planet formation — are swirling around at least half and probably many more of the stars in the Orion Nebula, a star-forming region only 1,500 light-years from Earth.

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Credit: C.R. O'Dell/Rice University; NASA