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Dale Andersen's work at the Queen Maud Land, Antarctica is featured in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of the Explorers Journal which offers firsthand reporting from those pushing the limits of knowledge and human endurance.


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
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