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Images: Birth of a solar system

Astronomers have found what they say may be a miniature solar system in the making.

Birth of a solar system

This artist's conception shows a solar system in the making. A recently discovered brown dwarf, called OTS 44, is only 15 times the size of Jupiter.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)

Brown-dwarf solar system

Birth of a solar system

In this artist's conception, the Sun's solar system is much bigger than this hypothetical brown-dwarf planetary system (bottom right).

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)

Brown-dwarf solar system