For the first time ever, the ESO’s Very Large Telescope, located in Chile, helped astronomers to obtain images a newborn planet being formed. The discovery could help us understand how planets are formed in much more detail than ever before. The pictures show the young planet, named PDS 70b, tearing its way through the planet-forming material that surrounds the young star.It is visible as a bright light just to the right of the black part at the center of the image.
The image with the new forming planet
The researchers’ analyses suggest that PDS 70b is two to three times bigger than Jupiter and lies about 1.9 billion miles (3 billion kilometers) from its star — about as far as Uranus is from the sun. “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 Miriam Keppler, who led the team who found the still-forming planet. PDS 70b will serve as a useful test of theories about how planets come to exist. PDS 70b is much hotter than any planet in our solar system, registering a sizzling 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius), the researchers determined.