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Images from space show baby planet being born, scientists claim

Courier Mail 2020-05-21 05:03:00

For the first time ever, scientists believe they have captured the first direct evidence of a baby planet being born.

Images and footage taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope showed a swirling mass of amber gas and dust, with scientists believing the bright yellow twist at the centre of the formation is proof of a new planet emerging.

media_cameraScientists believe the yellow ‘swirl’ formation at the centre is a telltale sign of a baby planet forming. Picture: ESO /Boccaletti et al

The planet was found around the young star AB Aurigae and while astronomers have identified over 4000 exoplanets (a planet found outside the solar system) little is known about how they form, said Anthony Boccaletti who led