Astronomers have discovered a ring of dust and debris around a nearby star that’s remarkably similar to our own solar system in its earliest days. Astronomer Thayne Currie, who led the team that discovered this young solar system with the Subaru and Gemini South telescopes, said looking at this new star system is “like looking at the solar system when it was a toddler”. Slooh will broadcast live views of this young star from our global telescope network on June 8, 2015 while we discuss this important new discovery.

The new solar system was found in a disk around the star HD 115600 in the southern constellation Centaurus. It’s a young star, just 10-20 million years old, about 360 light years away, and not much larger than our Sun. It formed in a nebula in a spiral arm of the Milky Way, as did our Sun some 5 billion years ago. When examining the star in infrared light, Currie’s team found evidence of a debris ring that’s the same distance from its central star as the Kuiper Belt is from the Sun. Because of the shape of the ring and its position relative to the star, there are strong hints that HD 115600 has at least one planet embedded in the ring.

During the broadcast, Slooh astronomers will show live images of HD 115600 from our remote telescope in Chile, discuss recent images of the debris disk around the star, explore how this remarkable discovery was made, and speculate about the connections this young solar system might have to our own solar system in its earliest days. Join us on June 8, 2015 for this live event!