02 Jul '18, 7pm

This is the first photo of a planet being born

This is the first photo of a planet being born

It may not be the most adorable baby picture you've ever seen, but this image of a newborn planet about 370 light-years away represents a monumentally special moment. It's the first time a planet has been photographed being born . Astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESA) used special planet-hunting equipment attached to the Very Large Telescope in Chile's Atacama Desert to capture the new arrival. The image shows a planet just as it's being cobbled together from the dusty disc that's hanging around a brand new star. The special equipment, called the SPHERE instrument, managed to catch the event in glorious detail. You can see it as a brilliant orb to the right of the dark patch in the center of the image. Scientists surmise the baby planet is around 1.9 billion kilometers from the central star, PDS 70, or th...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/first-pho...

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