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By employing a new image processing technique, astronomers have obtained near-infrared scattered light photos of disks seen around newer stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database.
The images reveal evidence for newly formed planets, according to a NASA press release.
Astronomers made the discovery while using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
"If astronomers initially miss something in their review of data, they can make new discoveries by revisiting earlier data with new image processing techniques, thanks to the wealth of information stored in the Hubble data archive," said NASA.
This is the technique Rémi Soummer, of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md.,
PLANETARY DISKS IN HUBBLE ARCHIVE UNCOVERED BY ASTRONOMICAL FORENSICS
Does anyone have an opinion on this? I find it odd at the frequency of new sightings. My imagination goes wild over such issues. Disk shaped? That says a lot! My science classes tell me it may be gases but that would keep the shape of a disk would it?
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The two images at top reveal debris disks around young stars uncovered in archival images taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The illustration beneath each image depicts the orientation of the debris disks.
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: wonderworld
Nothing out of the ordinary.
They are using new techniques to find things that weren't viewable before.