The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile captured an image from within a huge disk of dense gas and a new alien planet forming around AB Aurigae, the Auriga constellation (The Charioteer), located 520 light-years from Earth, yet still in the Milky Way. These spiral discs of gas are evidence of newly forming worlds.
The new alien planet is forming relatively far from AB Aurigae, about 2.8 billion miles. About the distance from our sun to Neptune.
The observations could provide more insight into the formation of planets which is still quite an unknown area of astronomy.
“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,” said Observatoire de Paris astronomer Anthony Boccaletti, who led the research published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.
“Thousands of exoplanets have been identified so far, but little is known about how they form. We need to observe very young systems to really capture the moment when planets form.“
The new alien planet appears to be a large gas planet, like the gas giant in our solar system, Jupiter. Though the new alien planet that was born could be even bigger.
Discovering more about the formation of this alien planet could give researchers and scientists a lot more information on the subject. Join the discussion and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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