UW Professor Co-Writes Paper on Discovery of Possible Planet Formed Around Distant Star

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A University of Wyoming professor co-wrote a paper that purports a planet may be nestled in a gap in the disk around the star known as TW Hydrae, which is located 176 light years away.

Hannah Jang-Condell, a UW assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is a co-author of the paper that was recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. The research publication is devoted to recent developments, discoveries and theories in astronomy and astrophysics.

According to the paper, the origin of the gap -- which is about 1.9 billion miles wide -- is unclear, but it could arise from a transition in the nature of the disk’s dust composition or could be the presence of a planetary companion.

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