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First Confirmed Image of Still Forming Planet

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bison

The first confirmed image of a planet still in-the-making has been announced.  The image was made with the planet hunting SPHERE instrument at the European Southern Observatory, in Chile, using the VLT (Very Large Telescope). The planet, named PDS-70 (b), was ascertained to have several times the mass of Jupiter, and a temperature of about 1000 degrees C. It orbits a young dwarf star, occupying a gap in that star's primordial debris disk. It is believed to still be gathering material to itself from the disk.

Please find an article with further details, and an image of the new planet, below:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/02/world/newborn-planet-image-study/index.html

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Merc14

This is awesome!  First direct evidence of a planet forming in the disc around a star.  Although it looks close to the star in the image it is actually at about the same distance as Uranus is from our Sun.

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bison

Yes, given the small size of the star, and the substantial distance of the planet from it, it appears that much of the high heat observed (1000 degree C.) is due to the impact of material that is falling onto the planet. We're told that Earth began in a hot state, too, caused by roughly the same process. 

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paperdyer
paperdyer

I just thought of this, was there any evidence of a big or small bang?

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Waspie_Dwarf
1 hour ago, paperdyer said:

I just thought of this, was there any evidence of a big or small bang?

What kind of a bang?

Planets and stars form fromthe collapse of a nebula, there is no bang directly involved  (although shock waves from a nearby supernova are believed to be one of the triggers for the collapse of a nebula to begin with).

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