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Home This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has pointed to the presence of two dust belts in each system: warm, inner belts similar to our solar system’s asteroid belt, and cool, outer belts like our Kuiper belt of icy comets. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has pointed to the presence of two dust belts in each system: warm, inner belts similar to our solar system's asteroid belt, and cool, outer belts like our Kuiper belt of icy comets. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has pointed to the presence of two dust belts in each system: warm, inner belts similar to our solar system’s asteroid belt, and cool, outer belts like our Kuiper belt of icy comets. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has pointed to the presence of two dust belts in each system: warm, inner belts similar to our solar system's asteroid belt, and cool, outer belts like our Kuiper belt of icy comets. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has pointed to the presence of two dust belts in each system: warm, inner belts similar to our solar system’s asteroid belt, and cool, outer belts like our Kuiper belt of icy comets. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This artist’s concept depicts giant planets circling between belts of dust. Scientists think the star system HD 95068 may have a planetary architecture similar to this. While the star system’s two dust belts are known, along with one massive planet, more giant planets may lurk unseen. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)