BETA PICTORIS: An Early Solar System?

  title={BETA PICTORIS: An Early Solar System?},
  author={Pawel Artymowicz},
  journal={Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences},
  • P. Artymowicz
  • Published 1 May 1997
  • Physics, Geology
  • Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Beta Pictoris ( Pic) is the best studied of the normal main-sequence stars surrounded by circumstellar dust disks. We review the status of Pic and its disk, and compare it with both the early and the present Solar System. The disk has very little gas and therefore is more evolved and older than the primordial solar nebulae, which persist for 1‐10 Myr. We concentrate on the observed optical properties, spatial and size distribution, mineralogy, and physics of the dust component, all of which are… 

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