According to the latest reports coming from Reuters, astronomers have been gazing into something that looks like a planetary maternity ward – they are observing for the very first time a new planet. This is in the process of being born and it’s within a massive disk of dense gas and dust that are surrounding a newly formed star.
Official notes state that the large young planet is forming around a star called AB Aurigae that’s about 2.4 times the mass of the sun, and it’s located in the Milky way galaxy.
The alien planet is located at 520 light-years from Earth
It’s about 520 light-years away from our home planet, according to the experts’ notes. It’s also important to note that experts used the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile in order to spot a spiral structure within the swirling disk around AB Aurigae – this was generated by the presence of a planet.
Researchers found a “twist” pattern of gas and dust in this spiral structure.
“It takes several million years for a planet to be in its final stage, so birth is not well defined in time. However, we can say that we were likely able to catch a planet in the process of formation,” according to Observatoire de Paris astronomer Anthony Boccaletti, leader of the research that was published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.
More than 4,000 planets have been discovered orbiting stars that are beyond the solar system.
Experts cannot wait to learn more about how these are born while the cold gas and dust are consolidating into the disks that are surrounding the new stars.
In other star-related news, we recently revealed that astronomers had detected elusive pulsation patterns in some young and rapidly rotating stars, and all this was possible thanks to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).