The Alma array has captured the clearest picture of planets forming around a newly forming star system, HL Tau.
Dark rings are visible in the disc of dust and gas.
Located in the constelation Taurus, HL Tau is thought to be less than a million years old and is 450 light years away. Using Alma’s new high-resolution capabilities, researchers were able to see into the normally dark dust cloud to spot the planet formation.
Professor Tim de Zeeuw, director general of the European Southern Observatory said: “Most of what we know about planet formation today is based on theory. Images with this level of detail have up to now been relegated to computer simulations or artist’s impressions.”
Now if only I could put a deposit down on some beach front property…
– Ex astris, scientia –
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