Colliding planets, artwork

Colliding planets, artwork

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Caption: Colliding planets, artwork. These are protoplanets in an evolving planetary system around the young star HD 23514 (upper left). The surrounding gas and dust is being heated, and this is thought to be due to the energy released in collisions like this. This star is located in the Pleiades star cluster, around 440 light years from Earth, in the constallation of Taurus.

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