Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

First ever image of a newborn planet revealed


Posted on Monday, 2 July, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments

The planet is the glowing orange shape to the right of the black circle. Image Credit: ESO/A Muller et al
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have photographed a planet forming around a star.
The remarkable image, which was taken by the ESO's Very Large Telescope, shows a planet larger than Jupiter forming around the star PDS70 at a distance of 370 light years from the Earth.

The black circle in the center is a filter used to block some of the light from the star.

The newborn world appears to have a cloudy atmosphere and has a surface temperature of 1000C.

"These discs around young stars are the birthplaces of planets, but so far only a handful of observations have detected hints of baby planets in them," said study author Miriam Keppler.

"The problem is that until now, most of these planet candidates could just have been features in the disc. The advantage of our detection is that we have detected [the new planet] with several different observing instruments, different filter bands and different years."

It is believed that additional planets could show up around the star over time.

"This is a relatively young star that shows all of the indications that there should be a planet there, and there is one," said astrophysicist Dr Zoe Leinhardt.

"For astronomers, most of the time, it is very rare that we are really able to show a picture."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)

Tags: Planet, Star

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Merc14 on 2 July, 2018, 18:25
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.
Comment icon #2 Posted by bison on 2 July, 2018, 18:41
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. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 2 July, 2018, 19:26
Here's a link to another article.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 3 July, 2018, 12:36
I just thought of this, was there any evidence of a big or small bang?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 July, 2018, 13:59
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).


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6463317
271752
180260

 
Scientists discover liquid ocean on Pluto
5-21-2019
The enigmatic dwarf planet has been throwing up no shortage of surprises over the last few years.
Ghosts abound at UK's most haunted prison
5-21-2019
Shepton Mallet Prison in Somerset is believed by many to be one of Britain's most haunted buildings.
Storm chaser films from inside a tornado
5-20-2019
Meteorologist Reed Timmer recently got more than he bargained for when a tornado formed right on top of him.
Wandering Earth: can we move our planet ?
5-20-2019
Is it really possible to use giant thrusters to physically move our entire planet to a different orbit ?
Stories & Experiences
Crashed UFO off Gig Harbor Wa.
5-15-2019 | Gig Harbor Wa.
 
 
My enlightenment
5-12-2019 | Sacramento, California
 
I was bitten by a ghost
5-11-2019 | Virginia
 
Giant bird shadows
4-21-2019 | Hammond Indiana
 
 
Winter solstice hooded figures
3-6-2019 | Decatur, IL
 
My skinless demon
2-8-2019 | Michigan
 
Johannesburg Men in Black
1-2-2019 | Johannesburg South Africa
 
Giant flash of light
1-2-2019 | Pomona, California
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
What happens when lava meets ice ?
Posted 5-18-2019 | 1 comment
This intriguing experiment reveals just what happens when you pour lava on to ice.
 
7 ghost stories from the Queen Mary
Posted 5-10-2019 | 2 comments
A look at some creepy tales of ghosts and hauntings from the retired ocean liner.
 
Could Jack have survived 'Titanic' ?
Posted 5-2-2019 | 2 comments
The MythBusters investigate whether or not both Jack and Rose could have survived the movie.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ