First Ever Photography of the Beginning of Birth of a Planet

Astronomers have taken the first uninterrupted image of the birth of a new planet. ‘Adam Kraus’ of the University of Hawaii’ stated that this planet is forming out of gas and dust encircling a star that is 2 million years old almost 450 light years away from planet Earth.


Planet just starting to form

This planet which is established on scientific representations of how planets develop is likely to have begun taking formapproximately 50,000 -100,000 years ago.

LkCa 15b

The planet is called LkCa 15b and is the earliest planet ever witnessed. Kraus and his partner, ‘Michael Ireland’ from ‘Macquarie University’ used Keck scopes located on Mauna Kea to locate this planet.

Photograph of young star1

Kraus said in a telephone interview that the object was photographed at the absolutely perfect time. This photograph of the young star a disc around it and planets are possibly forming. It does shows something located in the center of a gap in this disc.

They presented this discovery at the NASA’s ‘Goddard Space Flight Center’ in Maryland with the paper write on thissighting due to be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Help answer many questions

Watching planetsas they are just forming is able to aidresearchers in answering such questions as whether planets develop later or earlier in the star’s life and if they starting forming close to the star or further away.

Basic questions

Planets are able to alter orbits after they have formed so it is hard to answer these questions by studying planets that are older. Image like these help with the very basic questions of where and when which are answered best when a planet can be actually seen forming. Other planets might also be developing around this star. Kraus stated he will continue to watch and study this star and might see more planets if there are more.

These astronomers were surveying 150 younger dusty stars when they found this planet leading to a concentrated study of over a dozen stars.


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