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Space Photo of the Day 2012

Every day, Wired Science selects a new awesome space photo for our collection. Check out the mind-blowing views of galaxies, planets and stars.
Robin Leigh Anderson
Robin Leigh Anderson • 2 years ago

This view shows a new picture of the dust ring around the bright star Fomalhaut from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The underlying blue picture shows an earlier picture obtained by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The new ALMA image has given astronomers a major breakthrough in understanding a nearby planetary system and provided valuable clues about how such systems form and evolve. Note that ALMA has so far only observed a part of the ring.

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