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Very Large Telescope Captures Baby Planet Birth Image For First Time

05 July 2018

As a recent update, the instrument has identified a baby planet formation from a very small star named PDS 70b and it is estimated to be 10-million years old with a surface temperature of about 1000 deg.C.

Protoplanetary disk or problog (eng. proplyd, protoplanetary disk) is a disk of dense gas that revolves around a young, newly formed protostar, which eventually formed planets. Scientists have for the first time witnessed the birth of a planet, a huge gas giant many times the size of Jupiter, swirling into existence 370 light years from Earth.

The photo reveals the PDS 70's sculpted transition disc, an inner gap stipulated by scientists for decades as being the byproduct of disc-planet interactions, Interesting Engineering reports.

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"These discs around young stars are the birthplaces of planets, but so far only a handful of observations have detected hints of the baby planet in them", Miriam Keppler, lead researcher from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. The team concluded that PDS 70b is several times more massive than Jupiter (and a few times the diameter), has a cloudy atmosphere with temperatures of around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and orbits its host star at roughly 20 AU, which is about the distance between Uranus and the Sun.

The astronomers captured a shot of the now-internet-famous baby using the SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope.; our sun, for example, is roughly 4.5 billion years old.

In a monumental event, astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany have snapped an image of a baby planet still in the process of formation.

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"The problem is that until now, most of these planet candidates could just have been features in the disc". The planet stands out clearly in the image, visible as a bright point to the right of the blackened centre. The data acquired on the new planet's atmospheric and physical properties will now allow the astronomers to test theoretical models of planet formation.

The attention of astronomers was attracted to a newborn star surrounded by a disk of gas and dust.

Another scientist who took part in the research connected with the discovery, André Müller, stated that the latest findings let them see the complex early stages of planetary evolution through a new window. This makes the newfound planet a slow orbiter, taking about 120 Earth years to make a single lap around its star.

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Very Large Telescope Captures Baby Planet Birth Image For First Time