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A star in the Beta Pictoris moving group in which a collision between two small planets took place about a few thousand years ago. One planet is thought to be the size of Mercury, while the other the size of the Moon. Signatures of refrozen lava and vaporized rock were picked up by the Spitzer Space Telescope at about 5.8 AU.

HD 172555 System Web Pages

HD 172555 System In the News

Planetary Collision Aftermath Detected (2009)

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