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Resonant Dust Ring Sculpted by a Super-Earth

A planet twice the mass of Earth shepherds dust near its orbit into a circumstellar ring structure. Both the planet and the dust structure orbit the host star with a period of 5.2 years. Two regions of enhanced dust density lead and trail the planet, which causes periodic localized brightening.

This simulation was computed using NASA GSFC's 420-processor Thunderhead cluster. Stark used the cluster to create a catalog of debris-disk structures caused by Earth-like planets.

The catalog is available at http://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/Christopher.Stark/catalog.php


Credits

Christopher Stark (University of Maryland College Park): Lead Animator
Stefanie Misztal (UMBC): Producer
Please give credit for this item to:
Christopher Stark, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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Astrophysics Simulations

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SVS >> Dust
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Universe
SVS >> Planets
SVS >> Space
SVS >> Exo-planet
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