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Stellar astrophysics

Shrouded in a dusty disk

For more than a century, the binary star system ε Aurigae has been a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. But no more — the system's previously inferred but unseen disk of dust has been detected.

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Figure 1: Artist's concept of the binary star ε Aurigae.

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Guinan, E. Shrouded in a dusty disk. Nature 464, 842–843 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/464842a

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