Astronomers Capture the First Image of a Planet Being Born

This is the very first confirmed image capturing the first moment of a planet's existence-shown condensing from a chaotic sea of gold and crimson dust 370 million light years away. Two sets of researchers, published in two different papers in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on Monday, detailed how a planet is formed. This, in turn, enables scientists to test theoretical models of planet formation. But unlike Jupiter, whose temperature is a chilly minus-163 degrees Fahrenheit or so, this planet is far hotter than any planet in our solar system, Meyer said, with a temperature of around 1,340 to 2,420 degrees. The instrument was able to spot a large mass of material - referred to as an accretion disk - surrounding a nearby star.

"The problem is that until now, most of these planet candidates could just have been features in the disc", explained Dr Keppler, who lead the team behind the discovery of the planet.

"After this exciting discovery, I hope many more detections of [this] kind of planets will come in the future, enabling us to get a statistical view on the properties of young, forming planets", Keppler added.

Miriam Kepler of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany said hints of baby planets have been detected before, but astronomers weren't sure whether those observations might simply be features in the swirling dust.

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Astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy used a very large telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile called the Very Large Telescope (honestly) provided by the European Southern Observatory - the European Space Agency's base in the Southern Hemisphere.

This latest cornograph (an image that blocks the light of a star to make its surroundings visible) depicts the new planet clearly as a bright blob beside the black star. Without this mask, the faint light from the planet would be utterly overwhelmed by the intense brightness of PDS 70.

Each journey around the dwarf star takes about 118 years. That's the same distance as Uranus from our sun.

Welcome to the universe, PDS 70b.

The footage is important because, up until this point, scientists largely believed in a dominant theory for planet formation that they were unable to confirm. "That is the fulfilment of a long-cherished dream".

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