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Is that a giant sandwich? No, it’s the biggest protoplanetary disk in the sky

Illustration of the disc of protoplanetary material around the nearby young star TW Hydrae. Yellow core and orange rings on a black background.

A protoplanetary disk (artist’s impression) comprises dust and gas circling a young star. Such disks serve as nurseries for planets. Credit: M. Kornmesser/ESO/SPL

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Nature 629, 975 (2024)



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