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Only 12 million years old, or less than three-thousandths of the age of the Sun, Beta Pictoris is 75% more massive than our parent star. It is located about 60 light-years away towards the constellation of Pictor (the Painter) and is one of the best-known examples of a star surrounded by a dusty debris disk (Credit: ESO)

By Franck Marchis, Senior research scientist
Originally published on cosmicdiary.org

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The 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference was recently held at
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas, March 17–21, 2014.

This yearly conference brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary science.

On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, at 7 pm, Dr. Michael Bicay (of NASA’s Ames Research Center) will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

Lifting the Cosmic Veil: Highlights from a Decade of the Spitzer Space Telescope

in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos.

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, now in its 14th year.

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